Dental Fillings Montreal
State of the art, white dental fillings
Tooth-coloured restorations. White tooth coloured fillings are one of the best ways to improve the health of your smile. Many of us have a mouthful of outdated fillings from the dark ages of dentistry. Dark, unattractive, mercury-silver fillings dot the mouths of millions of people who would otherwise have beautiful smiles. These old silver fillings downgrade the appearance and the strength of your teeth, and can commonly break or fracture the teeth, which might result in the need for future crowns, root canals, or possibly even extractions. But today you can replace these old fillings with state-of-the-art, mercury-free, white fillings.
A quick overview of a dental filling:
Dental fillings help restore teeth damaged by decay back to their normal function and shape, and help prevent further decay by eliminating areas where bacteria can enter the tooth. The Seaforth Dental Clinic will consider a number of factors when choosing which type of tooth 2filling material is best for you; this includes the extent of the repair, whether you have allergies to certain dental materials, where in your mouth the filling is needed and the cost.
We offer 2 types of dental fillings:
Composite fillings – A composite resin dental filling is made from a mixture of plastic and fine glass particles and matches the color of the tooth. Thus, composite fillings are used most often on front teeth or the visible parts of the tooth. Composite fillings bond directly to the tooth, reducing the drilling needed (like for a amalgam filling) and they are stronger than amalgam fillings.
Ceramic fillings – Ceramic dental fillings are made of porcelain and are tooth colored, so they look natural. Ceramic fillings are more brittle than composite resin and can break but they are also more resistant to staining. Ceramic fillings are expensive, and can cost as much or more than gold fillings.
The dental filing procedure explained.
To help minimize the pain associated with getting a filling, Seaforth Dental Clinic may choose to administer a local anesthetic, like Lidocaine. Next, she will remove decay from the tooth, using a drill or laser.
Once all the decay is removed, our dentists will shape the space to prepare it for the filling. Different types of fillings require different shaping procedures to make sure they will stay in place. We may put in a base or a liner inside the tooth to protect the tooth’s pulp (where the nerves are).
Certain types of fillings get hardened by a special light. With these fillings, the dentist will layer the material, stopping several times to shine a bright light on the resin. This cures (hardens) the material and makes it strong.
Finally, after the filling is placed, the dentist will use burs to finish and polish the tooth surface.