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For most of us, we will require at least one dental filling or dental restoration at some point in life. The good news is that modern dental filling materials have been greatly improved. This allows dental restorations to match the rest of your smile for a seamless look and feel.

When are dental fillings used?

They are used to restore teeth that have light to moderate decay, and teeth that have been fractured or chipped. Dental fillings are used to help restore the shape, colour and function of the affected tooth or teeth.

Common types of dental filling materials

Teeth can be restored with materials such as amalgam (silver fillings), gold, porcelain (white fillings), glass ionomer and tooth coloured composite resin (white fillings). Your dentist will consult with you when deciding which filling will be used for the restoration. Each of these materials have their advantages and disadvantages. This is something that you and your dentist will have to determine.

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Composite Resin (White Fillings)

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Porcelain Fillings (White Fillings)

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Glass Ionomer Fillings

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Cosmetic Considerations

While gold and silver fillings may have their indications, they are not used to restore front teeth or teeth that are visible when smiling. We rarely use these restorations in practice due to advances in bonding technology and the similar properties white fillings exhibit to natural teeth.

What is the process when getting a dental filling?

The dental decay must first be removed from the tooth or teeth. Once your dentist has removed the decay, they will clean the area thoroughly. This cleared out or prepared area will be filled with one of the dental filling materials mentioned. Your dentist will match the filling material colour and will sculpt it so that it matches the rest of your teeth as closely as possible for a seamless look and smile!

If you think that you may need a filling or if you have chips or fractured teeth,contact us now to schedule an appointment.

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