Cosmetic Dentistry

Dental Fillings Scarborough

When you go for a check up, your dentist checks your fillings and may suggest that you replace any loose or broken ones. Your dentist also looks for signs of decay, such as brown or black spots and may also X-rays to take a close look at problems spots.

Filling Overview:

A filling is a way to restore a cavity back to its normal function and shape. During filling the dentist removes the cavity, cleans the affected area, and then fills the cleaned out cavity with a filling material. There are three types of materials used for fillings:

  • Amalgam (silver) fillings are resistant to wear and inexpensive. However, due to their dark color, they are more noticeable than porcelain or composite restorations and are not usually used in very visible areas, such as front teeth.
  • Composite (plastic) resins are matched to be the same color as your teeth and therefore used where a natural appearance is desired. The ingredients are mixed and placed directly into the cavity, where they harden.
  • Porcelain fillings are called inlays or onlays and are produced to order in a lab and then bonded to the tooth. They can be matched to the color of the tooth and resist staining. A porcelain restoration generally covers most of the tooth.

If decay or a fracture has damaged a large portion of the tooth, a crown, or cap, may be recommended. Decay that has reached the nerve may be treated in two ways:

1)Root Canal Treatment

2)Pulp capping

For more information, please contact us.

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