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?

Calgary 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.

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