Dental Fillings

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Dental fillings are used to treat small to moderate decay and fractures in your teeth. The most common materials are amalgam (silver fillings) and Composite. Each have advantages and disadvantages, and Dr. Calder can answer any questions you may have concerning what is best for your individual needs. Because composite fillings are tooth coloured, they can be closely matched to the colours of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited to be used in front teeth or more visible areas of the mouth.

As with all dental restorations, composite and amalgam fillings are not permanent and must be maintained and replaced periodically. For this reason, regular cleanings and check ups are necessary to maintain optimal oral health and extend the life of your dental restorations.

Reasons for composite fillings:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Closing space between two teeth
  • Cracked or damaged teeth
  • Decayed teeth
  • Worn teeth

Composite Fillings at Rimbey Dental Care

Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, Dr. Calder will remove the decay as required. The space will then be totally cleaned and rigorously prepared before the new filling is placed. If the decay was near the nerve of the tooth, a special medicine will be administered for added protection. The composite filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.

It’s normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed, however this will subside after your tooth acclimates to the new filling. Dr. Calder will provide care instructions at the end of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will help prolong the life of your new fillings.