Dental Fillings in Woodbridge, ON

What is a dental filling?

A dental filling is used to repair and restore a tooth’s shape and function once it has been affected by dental decay or damage. A dental filling can be made from a variety of different materials such as composite resin, gold, amalgam, and porcelain.

Why are dental fillings necessary?

If damage or dental decay to the tooth is left untreated, it provides an entry point for bacteria to enter the tooth and cause infections of the tooth.

Dental filling materials

Gold dental fillings – these fillings are custom-made in a dental laboratory and then permanently cemented into position. Gold fillings are easily tolerated by the tissues in the mouth and can last up to twenty years.

Silver fillings – also referred to as amalgam fillings. They stand up against wear well and are less costly than gold fillings. Since they are dark in colour, they are usually used for back teeth where they are not easily visible.

Composite resins – may also be referred to as plastic fillings. These fillings can be made to match the colour of your natural teeth and are used when a natural look is required. They are great choices for front teeth that require smaller fillings. Larger fillings are not ideal for this filling since they are not as resistant to wear as other types.

Porcelain fillings – may also be called dental inlays or dental onlays. They are custom-made in a dental laboratory then permanently bonded to the tooth. They are resistant to staining and can be made to match the appearance of nearby natural teeth.

Dental Filling Considerations

Your dentist will discuss the available dental filling materials with you to select an option that suits your needs. If you have an old dental filling that is discoloured or in need of replacement, talk to your dentist.

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