Stoney Creek Tooth Fillings
What Are Tooth Fillings in Stoney Creek?
A Tooth Filling, or Cosmetic Filling, maintains the aesthetics and functionality of your teeth and is one of the most common procedures performed by dentists today. Hamilton Tooth Fillings can repair the surface of teeth that have been damaged by tooth decay.
Trauma that results in a crack or a chip in the tooth can also be repaired with a cosmetic filling. You can schedule an appointment for tooth fillings in Stoney Creek when you contact our dental office today.
Why Do I Need a Tooth Filling in Hamilton?
Tooth decay is caused by bacteria in your mouth that produce acid and break up the hard surfaces of the tooth. When this decay is removed by a dentist, there will be a hole that needs to be filled. Traditionally, this procedure was done with gold or silver but these days a composite resin is used instead. The cosmetic white fillings are coloured to match your teeth for an attractive appearance and a beautiful smile.
How Does it Work?
Once decay has been identified, the dentist will numb the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic to prevent pain during the procedure. Usually, a drill is used to remove the decay once the area has been numbed. After checking that all the decay has been removed, any additional debris from and bacteria will be cleared away to prepare the area for a filling.
The cosmetic filling, which is made of a composite resin, will be placed into the tooth, shaped, and cured using a specialized light. Once the resin has hardened, the dentist will polish and shape the filling to match the surrounding teeth, effectively disguising that there was tooth decay in the area.
Symptoms of tooth decay to watch for:
Sharp pain in teeth while eating or when pressing on a tooth
Teeth are sensitive to hot or cold foods or cold air
Dark spots on teeth
General tenderness or swelling in the gums around the affected tooth
How to Prevent Dental Cavities in Stoney Creek
Although genetics can play a role in the chemistry of your mouth, as well as factors such as your rate of plaque build-up or dryness in the mouth, a regular at-home tooth cleansing routine that includes regular dental check-ups is often enough to prevent the level of tooth decay that would require getting a dental filling.
Brush a minimum of twice daily, usually for 2 minutes or more
Floss at least once daily, being sure to drag the floss underneath the gums to scrap along the bottom (or top) of each tooth
Focus on brushing soft tissues inside the mouth as well, including gums, cheeks, tongue and hard palate
Rinse your mouth with water after eating, particularly if you have consumed acidic or sugary foods
Check in with your dentist regularly for examinations and professional cleanings
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Why Use a Composite Filling Made of Resin?
One of the main reasons dentists opt for composite fillings is that they match the colour of the surrounding teeth and are aesthetically pleasing in comparison to silver fillings. This is particularly important if decay is on the front teeth, which is highly visible. They also bond to the tooth surface, and can therefore be used for surface cracks and chips.
Replace Existing Silver Fillings with Composite Resign
In recent years, there has been research concluding that mercury from silver mercury fillings (amalgam fillings) will leech into the bloodstream and cause toxicity in the body. A more widely-accepted explanation shows that silver fillings can disguise decay that is occurring underneath and around these types of fillings.
In addition to not blending with surrounding tooth surfaces, silver fillings also raise the likelihood of teeth cracking. This is because the filling does not bond to the tooth in the same way a composite resin filling does. Composite resin distributes the load from chewing across the tooth surface more evenly, reducing the risk of cracking.
Why choose Gateshead Dental?
At Gateshead Dental, we take a holistic approach to dental care, looking for the root causes of any pain, discomfort or symptoms.
We educate our patients on the dental practices required to prevent oral health problems.
Dr. Fel Rocci has over 30 years of dentistry experience, and welcomes you to Gateshead Dental today!
Call Gateshead Dental and schedule an appointment for Tooth Filling in Stoney Creek Today!
If you feel pain in your teeth or suspect the need for a tooth filling, contact our team to schedule a visit.