If your tooth is damaged or decayed, Pathways Dental Clinic is pleased to offer dental fillings to restore your tooth’s function and shape.

What is a Dental Filling?

One of the most common reasons to visit your dentists is to get a filling placed. Frequently it is due to cavities or chips being discovered at your routine check-up. A Calgary dental filling essentially ‘fills’ any holes or spaces in your Calgary teeth resulting from cavities or injuries. These fillings tend to be minor and preventative. Your NE Calgary dentist will clean the affected area, and then fill the cleaned-out capacity with a filling material.

Unfortunately, at times you may need NE Calgary emergency dental treatment from a cavity not being filled proactively. The good news is that Dr. Kim and Dr. Bouma always accept dental emergencies, so if you are feeling any discomfort, contact us at Pathways Dental Clinic.

It is important to catch cavities in the early stages so that bigger problems can be avoided, like tooth structure loss. When cavities are allowed to get larger, the tooth may require more than a filling. It could potentially require a root canal or dental crown in NE Calgary.

Types of Fillings:

There are several types of fillings, including silver amalgam fillings, gold fillings, and tooth-colored composite resin fillings. The NE Calgary Dentists at Pathways Dental Clinic use only mercury-free composite resin fillings.

Benefits of Composite Fillings:

  • Match and blend with tooth enamel, and dentin so look natural
  • Chemically bonded to tooth structure causing no leakage
  • Require less aggressive tooth structure preparation

Composite resin fillings contain particles of silica or ceramics in a polymer matrix. They can be blended to match the colour of the surrounding tooth, making them very esthetically pleasing. The dentist can also be more conservative with the preparation of the teeth.

As with most dental restorations, Calgary composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced. Usually, composite fillings need to be replaced within ten years.

Do you need a Dental Filling in Calgary?

Any teeth that are chipped, cracked, or decayed need fillings. Your Pathways Dental Clinic Dentist can detect cavities seen on x-rays and visible in the mouth, and recommend what restoration is required. Although cavities are the most common reason to get dental fillings, any worn, eroded, or damaged teeth can be a good candidate for fillings. These are some signs that you may require a filling:

  • Chips/cracks
  • Sensitivity to sweets, hot or cold
  • Sharp pain on biting
  • Constant aching pain
  • Staining on teeth or dark spots

How are composite resin fillings placed?

Our NE Calgary white fillings are placed in a single appointment. Your Calgary dentist at Pathways Dental Clinic will first remove any decay and thoroughly clean the affected teeth before the new restoration is placed. Then, the cleaned-out cavity will be filled with the composite material, and then shaped, cured, and polished to fit your bite. This will return function and shape back to the tooth.

Only your Calgary dentist can determine whether you have a cavity that needs to be filled. Pathways Dental Clinic here to help determine if a filling is the best option for you.

Do You Have Questions? We Have Answers!

Who needs dental fillings?

Any person who has teeth that are cracked, chipped or decayed may benefit from a dental filling. Your Pathways Dental Clinic Dentist will take an x-ray to detect any cavities visible in the mouth to determine what restoration would be required. Some signs that you may require a dental filling include:

  • Sharp pain on biting
  • Constant aching pain
  • Sensitivity to sweets, hot or cold
  • Staining on teeth or dark spots

How many fillings can you have in one session?

There is technically no limit to the amount of fillings you can have in one session, although your Calgary dentist might recommend you split up your fillings into multiple appointments if you have quite a few. Factors that could determine how many fillings would be done in one sitting include the patient’s oral health, their comfort level, as well as how damaged the teeth are that require dental fillings. If you have any questions about dental fillings or the dental filling process, please contact your Pathways Dental Clinic Calgary dentist at (403) 455-5565 and we will be happy to help.

What is the process of getting a tooth filled?

Your Pathways Dental Clinic Calgary dentist will begin by removing any of the decay on your enamel, and thoroughly cleaning the affected tooth before it is filled. Once the cavity is cleaned out, the hole or space will be filled with a special composite material, and then polished and shaped to fit the bite of your mouth. This process will return the function and bring the correct shape back to your tooth.

What materials can dental fillings be made of?

While there are several types of fillings that dentists will use, the NE Calgary Dentists at Pathways Dental Clinic only use mercury-free composite resin fillings. These fillings contain particles of silica or ceramic in a polymer matrix. The fillings can be blended to match the color of your surrounding tooth, allowing them to blend in seamlessly with the rest of your teeth for an esthetically pleasing look. Like most dental restorations, dental fillings are not permanent and may need to be replaced someday, usually within ten years.

Why is my dentist recommending a temporary filling?

Your Calgary white fillings dentist at Pathways Dental Clinic is here to help determine if a filling is the best option for you. A filling might be recommended if your dentist notices any cavities visible in your mouth. Other factors that might determine if you require a temporary filling include:

  • Constant aching pain
  • Sharp pain on biting
  • Sensitivity to sweets, hot or cold
  • Chips/cracks
  • Staining on teeth or dark spots

What will happen after my filling is finished?

After a dental filling, your mouth might feel numb for a few hours. You will be able to start eating a couple of hours after the procedure is done. It is recommended to avoid any hard or sticky foods and try to eat softer foods that are easier to chew. You also might feel some sensitivity on the teeth that got the fillings for several weeks, which is completely normal as your teeth and gums are adjusting to the new restoration in the mouth. If you are feeling any pain or prolonged sensitivity in your mouth, please make sure to contact your Calgary Pathways Dental Clinic Dentist and we will assist you as soon as possible.

Call Pathways Dental Clinic at (403) 455-5565 to book a dental filling consultation appointment today!