Dental fillings also called tooth restorations help to restore damaged, decayed or fractured teeth to their normal function and shape. Tooth restorations are advised when the tooth damage or decay does not involve the pulp or nerve of the tooth. Dental fillings prevent further damage.
When a tooth is decayed or fractured, you may experience sensitivity to hot or cold foods. During your visit to the dentist’s office, you may be advised for an x-ray of the tooth, to check for the depth of decay or fracture. If the damage does not involve the nerve of the tooth, your dentist may advise for a suitable filling.
Tooth fillings are advised for:
- Restoring decayed or damaged tooth
- Repairing fractured, cracked or chipped teeth
- Protecting teeth that are sensitive to hot or cold foods
- Closing the gaps between teeth
The Process of Filling Your Tooth
Before filling cavities, your dentist may use oral sedation to calm your apprehensions or anxiety during the filling process. Additionally, local anaesthesia is also used to numb the area around the decayed teeth, gums and the surrounding tissue to avoid any discomfort or pain during the procedure.
After the sedation, your dentist will first isolate the decayed tooth with the help of a rubber dam. Using a high-speed drill, the decayed and discoloured portion from your teeth is then removed. This is followed by cavity shaping and placement of filling material.
Types of Fillings
Fillings can be direct or indirect. Direct fillings are placed immediately after cavity preparation and require one sitting. Indirect fillings are cemented to the cavity once they are customized in the laboratory.
Based on the materials used, fillings can be of two types:
- Metal fillings
- Tooth coloured fillings
Metals like silver and gold are used for filling the cavities.
- Amalgam fillings: These are silver alloy fillings, they are strong, affordable and long-lasting. These fillings are usually used for restoring the back teeth because of their grey unappealing colour. Theses fillings are inexpensive, durable and can be done in a single visit.
- Gold fillings: These are indirect restorations that are fabricated in the lab and require two visits to your dentist. After removing the decay, your dentist makes a mould of your tooth and sends it to the lab for fabrication of gold filling. During this time your tooth is filled with a temporary filling material until the gold filling is ready. The gold filling is placed in the next appointment. During the second appointment, the temporary filling is removed and the cavity is cemented with the final gold filling. Gold fillings are stronger and more durable than amalgam fillings.
Tooth coloured fillings:
They are white in colour and give a natural look. The following are some of the tooth coloured fillings:
- Composite fillings: They are plastic white coloured fillings and are used for front teeth as they are aesthetically appealing. After cleaning the cavity, your dentist applies bonding agent to the wall of cavity and fills it with composite material incrementally. This material is exposed to a special curing light to harden the filling. Composite fillings are direct fillings and can be done in a single visit.
- Glass ionomer fillings: They are white coloured fillings. These are less expensive than composite fillings. They prevent recurrent tooth decay due to the fluoride content that continues to be released into the tooth that helps in tooth remineralisation. They are direct fillings and can be done in a single visit.
- Porcelain fillings: Porcelain materials have a lustre that match natural teeth in an excellent way. These fillings are durable, slightly expensive and require two or more visits to the dentist’s office.
Benefits of Tooth Fillings
- Improves Tooth Integrity: Tooth integrity and appearance can be retained with fillings.
- Restores Function and Aesthetics: Fillings restore the function of grinding and chewing food. Tooth coloured fillings match natural teeth and cannot be easily noticed.
- Prevents Further Decay: Fillings help arrest further decay of tooth.
- Increases Durability: Fillings last for years if maintained well.
- Cost-Effective: Fillings cost less and prevent treatments like root canal, tooth removal etc.
Why Choose Langley Dental Centre for Fillings in Langley BC?
We choose to preserve the natural tooth structure besides ensuring that your fillings last longer. Our modern equipment such as digital x-rays and upgraded biocompatible filling materials help us to achieve right diagnosis and conservative treatment.
Our dentists educate patients about the importance of oral hygiene and techniques of brushing to prevent teeth decay. Parents are counselled about the importance of oral hygiene in children as kids are very prone to cavities.
Langley Dental Centre has a calm and hygienic ambience with friendly staff which puts patients care at the heart of its service. Our dentists understand your apprehensions about dental care and discuss with you about the dental problems found, the various treatment options available, the costs and the time involved.
We are currently accepting new patients and appointments for fillings and are available on weekdays, weekends and evenings too.
You are welcome to share your anxieties or fear of the dental drill with our friendly and experienced staff. Our dentists perform fillings under oral sedation as well as fillings under local anaesthesia.
We accept all insurances and all major credit and debit cards. We can submit a pre-treatment plan to your dental plan administrator to obtain a pre-determination of benefits.
If you’re looking for a positive dental experience in Langley BC, then Langley Dental Centre is the place to visit.