Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update   Read More

Dental Fillings
Dental Fillings

Dental Fillings at New Gisborne, Gisborne, Macedon & Riddells Creek

In spite of daily brushing, we are all prone to tooth decay and the cavities that come with it. That’s why our team at New Gisborne Dental House stays up to date on the latest and most effective technologies to help heal and repair your teeth. Our goal is to provide our patients with top notch oral health care in a comfortable and safe setting with the latest and best treatments to restore your oral health. And if you experience dental anxiety, let us know because we have options that can help.

Dental Fillings and Tooth Decay

 
Tooth decay takes place when harmful bacteria take over and attack tooth enamel. Decay may be due to lack of brushing, teeth grinding, poor dietary choices such as too much sugar or carbohydrates, stomach acid, or even the location of the tooth. If left untreated, tooth decay can result in cavities, or holes in the teeth that can spread infection into the root, causing sensitivity or pain in the area.

Regular professional cleanings can help protect teeth from harmful bacterial buildup. Because some cavities do not cause pain, regular dental checkups can help catch cavities while they are small. The sooner cavities are caught, the easier they are to treat. But even if a cavity gets out of control and become very large, our skilled dentists can still treat it and may still be able to save your tooth. During a dental exam, we will work with you to choose the best dental treatment plan to restore your oral health.

Dental Fillings and Tooth Decay

Tooth decay takes place when harmful bacteria take over and attack tooth enamel. Decay may be due to lack of brushing, teeth grinding, poor dietary choices such as too much sugar or carbohydrates, stomach acid, or even the location of the tooth. If left untreated, tooth decay can result in cavities, or holes in the teeth that can spread infection into the root, causing sensitivity or pain in the area.

Regular professional cleanings can help protect teeth from harmful bacterial buildup. Because some cavities do not cause pain, regular dental checkups can help catch cavities while they are small. The sooner cavities are caught, the easier they are to treat. But even if a cavity gets out of control and become very large, our skilled dentists can still treat it and may still be able to save your tooth. During a dental exam, we will work with you to choose the best dental treatment plan to restore your oral health.

Will it Hurt?

 
With today’s advanced dental technologies, many patients are surprised to learn that getting a dental filling often results in little to no pain. If the cavity is deep or the tooth is sensitive, we can numb the area so you feel little to no discomfort. And if you are anxious about the dentist, we can help with that, too. Simply let us know and we can discuss the best relaxation options for you.

Our Dental Filling Materials

 
We use both composite and porcelain fillings because they bond better to the teeth. Unlike mercury or amalgam, these modern materials protect teeth from further cracking and damage. The dental filling used is determined by the extent of tooth decay and tooth damage. These are the fillings we use:

Composite Fillings

Are made of a tooth coloured resin, so it looks like part of your real tooth. They offer a great appearance as they restore the strength and function of your tooth.

Porcelain Fillings

Preserve the tooth structure and can be matched to the colour of your teeth. They protect your teeth from further decay and are stronger and more durable than composite fillings.

Indirect Same Day Porcelain Fillings

Are a stable and long-lasting solution to repair a damaged tooth. Known as inlays and onlays, these are used when there is more damage to a tooth, and can be created using a dental impression of your tooth. The filling is then created outside of your mouth and, when ready, placed onto the damaged tooth. These types of restorations can repair a cavity and cover chips or cracks, as well. We can create the filling while you wait, saving your time and money in one convenient appointment.

Gold Fillings

Are the longest lasting material for dental fillings. Some people prefer them and may even choose the look over natural-looking fillings. We also may suggest this option for teeth that have been significantly weakened.

How Long do Dental Fillings Last?

Amalgam fillings last a long time, but this material does not bond with teeth. This leads to internal stress on the tooth, which can cause cracks and damages, which may be hidden under the filling. Eventually, small cracks become larger and may even cause part of the tooth to break off, while some people may lose the entire tooth. For this reason, we do not use amalgam in our offices.

Taking care of your teeth with regular oral hygiene, dental checkups, and professional teeth cleaning will help your fillings last as long as possible. Keeping your fillings clean will help them continue to protect your tooth from further damage, and regular checkups allow us to find any problems early so we can treat them. If you grind your teeth, we may recommend a mouth guard, and of course, we ask that you never open bottles with your teeth. The following are the average time a filling can last:

Composite Fillings

5-8 years

Porcelain Fillings

10-15 years

Gold Fillings

20+ years

Our Happy Patient

Michael D.

Great dental practice. Fong is a very experience dentist acquiring all my dental needs and the nurse emily helped my dentist experience a comfortable one. Highly recommend them.

Michael D.

What If My Tooth Has Extensive Damage?

 
When a cavity has become very large, it can cause more damage than an inlay or onlay filling can provide. If this happens, we can discuss the options with you, such as a dental crown, which will save your tooth and protect it from further damage.

If the infection has gone deep into your tooth and affects the tooth root, you may experience pain and swelling. When this happens, root canal treatment is the ideal dental solution. We know that these words can cause anxiety for some patients, and we can work with you to ensure there is minimal to no discomfort. In fact, many patients are surprised to learn that root canal therapy is not very painful and is a treatment used to remove pain.

What If My Tooth Has Extensive Damage?

When a cavity has become very large, it can cause more damage than an inlay or onlay filling can provide. If this happens, we can discuss the options with you, such as a dental crown, which will save your tooth and protect it from further damage.

If the infection has gone deep into your tooth and affects the tooth root, you may experience pain and swelling. When this happens, root canal treatment is the ideal dental solution. We know that these words can cause anxiety for some patients, and we can work with you to ensure there is minimal to no discomfort. In fact, many patients are surprised to learn that root canal therapy is not very painful and is a treatment used to remove pain.

Download Free Price List

While we agree that you can’t put a price on good health (especially when it comes to your teeth), we understand the reality of family budgets. That’s why we offer flexible treatment options and family-affordable pricing. You might say the only thing average about Dental House is our prices.

DOWNLOAD PRICE LIST

Our Happy Patient

Nicole R

Have been to this dentist several times now and each time i have received professional and friendly service. Dr Claire is amazing! She is very gentle and thorough and has never recommended unnecessary treatments. The staff here are genuine and caring, as evident by the many highly rated reviews.

Nicole R.

Dental Fillings Blogs

Loading

Do You Have a Cavity or Tooth Pain?

 
If you suspect you have a cavity or if any of your teeth have pain or sensitivity, schedule a visit with us right away for a dental examination. Taking care of cavities when they are small is more cost-effective than a root canal and can help you avoid more serious pain or tooth loss. And if you have dental anxiety, no worries, just tell our receptionist when you schedule your visit, and we will be sure to discuss all options with you.

Your Dental House Journey

Your Dental House Journey

Examination and Treatment Planning

Hygiene Department

Clinical Treatment

Functional Restorative

Hygiene Maintenance