If your tooth is damaged or decayed, Pathways Dental Clinic is pleased to offer dental fillings to restore your tooth’s function and shape.
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 dental filling essentially ‘fills’ any holes or spaces in your teeth resulting from cavities or injuries. These fillings tend to be minor and preventative. Your dentist will clean the affected area, and then fill the cleaned-out capacity with a filling material.
Unfortunately, at times you may need 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 early stages so that bigger problems can be avoided, like more 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.
There are several types of fillings, including silver amalgam fillings, gold fillings, and tooth-coloured composite resin fillings. The Dentists at Pathways Dental Clinic use only mercury-free composite resin fillings.
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, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced. Usually, composite fillings need to be replaced within ten years.