Restorative Dentistry | Composite Fillings

A filling is the best solution to targeting cavities and preventing tooth decay from spreading.

While these fillings are critical for oral health, many people find that silver fillings look unattractive.

Thankfully, dental technology and materials have improved significantly since the first mercury (amalgam) fillings many years ago. At Inspire Dental Group, we offer all our clients composite (white) fillings, which are a great alternative to amalgam fillings. Unlike amalgam fillings, composite fillings are designed to blend with the exact shade of your natural tooth.

Composite Fillings

A composite filling is a plastic and glass mixture used to restore decayed teeth. This mixture is matched to the colour as your natural teeth.

Advantages:

  • Costs less than gold fillings
  • Typically can be done in one appointment
  • They are the same colour as your natural teeth
  • Require less removal of your own enamel compared to traditional fillings
  • Supports tooth structure and prevent breakage
  • Helps insulate tooth from pain or discomfort caused by hot or cold foods and drinks

How is the procedure done?

First, we numb the area around the tooth to be worked on with local anesthesia. While the tooth area is numb, the dentist will remove the decay or defective tooth structure. The space is then prepared by thoroughly cleaning the cavity of bacteria. After preparing your tooth, the dentist adds the composite down in layers, using a specialized light between each layer to harden and strengthen them. Once the layering process is done, the composite filling is shaped and polished to match your tooth. It is normal to experience tooth sensitivity shortly after the procedure.

What is the cost?

The price of a composite filling will vary depending on the size of the filling.

What can I expect after the procedure?

You may experience sensitivity after a filling is done. This would typically decrease over one or two weeks. Follow a regular oral health routine with daily brushing twice a day and daily flossing. Regular check-ups with your dentist is also recommended.

Replacement Fillings

Fillings don’t last forever, and sometimes your dentist will recommend that you replace your old fillings. When this happens, you can ask us to replace it with a white filling, for a more natural look.

Please feel free to Contact Us for more details.