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Dental Fillings for Niagara-on-the-Lake

Woman smilingWhen your teeth have been chipped or attacked by bacteria that causes dental decay or cavities, your dentist can restore the function or appearance of your teeth by inserting fillings. After assessing the condition of the teeth, gums, and the bones which support the teeth, Dr. Clark will begin to address any teeth that require filling.

The Preparation Process

First, Dr. Clark will prepare the site:

  • The portions of the tooth damaged by decay will be carefully removed.
  • Any enamel that has been structurally compromised is also removed from the tooth.
  • Sharp snags or edges are cut away to prevent both discomfort and any interference with the bonding of the filling material.

The Filling Procedure

Next, Dr. Clark will fill the prepared site.

Amalgam Fillings

Amalgam fillings are the most commonly used fillings. The strength, longevity and cost efficiency of amalgam fillings make them an obvious choice for many patients. Amalgam is composed of a number of metals such as mercury, copper, tin and silver. There are some people who are concerned about the minute amounts of mercury in this type of filling; however, the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) has conducted studies which show that amalgam fillings do not cause illness.

The amalgam is gently pressed into the opening that has been prepared by your dentist, Dr. Clark. It is then skillfully shaped to give it a natural feel and to make sure it fits comfortably. Because the silver colour is not aesthetically pleasing, these fillings are generally used in the back of the mouth where they are not noticeable. In cases where it is essential that the filling be invisible, white fillings are typically used instead.

White Fillings

White fillings, or dental composites, are made from powdered glass and tooth-coloured resins which ensure that the fillings are not visible. While there had been some questions concerning durability when they were first made available, dental experts have made great strides to improve the longevity and strength of white fillings. A bonding agent is applied to the surface of the prepared site which ensures a strong bond between the filling and the tooth.

The resin is then applied in thin layers which are hardened by a special light so that the finished filling is completely solid. Dr. Clark will then shape the final layer so that it looks and feels natural, then polish the filling, giving it a smooth finish. Because white fillings bond to the actual tooth itself, they require very little of the tooth to be removed during preparation, so the integrity of your tooth’s structure is maintained.

Smile Again

The damage done to your teeth has been repaired, and you can get back to feeling and eating like yourself. Contact Niagara-on-the-Lake Dental today to book an appointment!
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