Ellesmere Village Dental - Scarborough

Composite Fillings in Scarborough

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Ellesmere Village Dental - Scarborough

Reestablish the Authentic Appearance and Sensation of Teeth.

In our clinic, dental fillings are the most commonly performed treatment, essential for restoring teeth affected by decay or infection and preventing further discomfort. Our preference leans towards composite resin fillings, which blend seamlessly with the natural color of your teeth, unlike the traditional metal amalgam fillings. Composite resin adheres better to your teeth, allowing for minimal drilling and effectively filling even the smallest cavities. This method ensures your teeth look and feel natural, maintaining their strength and function. We are dedicated to providing top-notch dental care that minimizes discomfort and maximizes effectiveness.

Why are fillings so important?

For some, the idea of getting a tooth filled might seem like a tedious chore, especially when pain isn’t a factor, leading to procrastination. Yet, addressing cavities at the earliest opportunity is crucial for maintaining dental health.

Here’s why:

  • Allowing cavities to go untreated means they can grow larger, but filling them promptly stops them in their tracks.
  • Untreated tooth decay can lead to painful infections or abscesses; fillings mitigate this risk.
  • Cavities weaken the tooth’s structure, increasing the risk of more damage. Fillings restore the tooth’s strength and durability.
  • Tackling cavities early with fillings is cost-effective, helping to avoid more costly dental procedures down the line.
  • Composite fillings can reduce sensitivity to hot and cold, improving oral comfort.
  • Filling cavities contributes to preserving the natural appearance of your smile over time.

In short, swift action on composite fillings is key to keeping your oral health on track and preventing further dental issues.

Procedure for Filling a Tooth

Gone are the days when silver amalgam fillings were the only option, leaving a noticeable mark on your smile. Thanks to advancements in dental technology, bonding procedures now offer strength and can be completed in just one visit. This method is safe, economically efficient, and aesthetically pleasing, addressing a wide array of dental concerns.

Ensuring Comfort with Anesthesia

Before beginning the cavity filling process, we take careful steps to ensure your gums are properly numbed. Understanding that this phase may cause some anxiety, we prioritize making it a stress-free experience to ensure you feel no pain. By gently numbing the area around the affected tooth, we eliminate any discomfort you might feel during the treatment.

Preparing and Sealing the Tooth

Once you’re comfortably numb, we proceed by thoroughly cleaning and preparing your tooth for the filling. We then apply a bonding agent, followed by sculpting the composite resin (a tooth-colored filling material) to match the contours and bite of your natural tooth.

Setting the Filling with Light

We use a specialized LED light to harden and set the composite resin, effectively bonding it to your tooth. After hardening, we assess the filled tooth for any necessary adjustments to ensure a perfect fit. The final step involves polishing your tooth to achieve a seamless and shiny finish, making the filling virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.

What is the Cost of a Dental Filling in Scarborough?

Dental fillings serve as a fundamental and efficient way to prevent further oral health complications, and they are often covered by a vast majority of insurance plans. Under a typical insurance policy, the cost for fillings can vary from nothing to slightly over $100. For those without dental insurance, the price range for fillings can span from $120 to $300 or more, especially if there is a need for multiple fillings at the same time.

When determining the precise cost of your treatment, several critical factors are taken into account, including your current dental health, the number of fillings needed, the specific location of the cavities within your mouth, whether new x-rays are necessary, the time required by our dental professionals to cater to your unique needs, and the equipment and materials needed to ensure comprehensive care.

We place a high priority on addressing cavities promptly. By doing so, we aim to prevent the need for more complex procedures, alleviate severe dental pain, and enhance your overall health and quality of life.

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to schedule an initial consultation & exam.

Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.

Frequently Asked Questions

The durability of composite fillings is influenced by various elements such as the filling’s size and placement, the individual’s dental care routine, and the precision of the dentist’s work. With appropriate maintenance, these fillings typically endure between 5 to 10 years, sometimes even extending beyond that timeframe.

Composite fillings come with numerous benefits compared to their amalgam counterparts. Their ability to be customized to match the color of your existing teeth enhances the overall look of your smile. Additionally, the process for composite fillings generally involves preserving more of the natural tooth structure, and they are free from mercury, addressing the health concerns some individuals may have.

Getting a composite filling usually includes the application of local anesthesia, ensuring a pain-free experience throughout the procedure. After the anesthesia dissipates, it’s common to encounter a bit of sensitivity or slight discomfort, but these sensations generally diminish within several days

Indeed, composite fillings are typically repairable in cases where they sustain chips or cracks. Your dentist can frequently remedy the situation by applying additional composite material and then refining the filling through polishing to rejuvenate both its aesthetic and operational qualities.

A wide range of dental insurance policies provide coverage for composite fillings, particularly when applied to the front teeth. Nonetheless, as coverage details can differ, it’s advisable to verify specifics with your insurance provider.

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Excellent dental office!! I've been going here all my life and have never had a bad experience. All staff members are professional and respectful! Always providing the best dental service! Highly recommended!Je

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