Combat Cavities with Tooth-Coloured Fillings
At Portway Dental Centre in Stoney Creek, we offer routine tooth-coloured fillings for cavities. When you have a cavity, first tooth decay is removed and then a filling is placed. Fillings usually involve the following steps:
- Your teeth, gums, tongue, and surrounding skin is numbed. A substance with a similar feel to jelly is placed directly on the area to start the numbing. Then an anaesthetic is injected to complete the process. An alternative to injections includes nitrous oxide gas (laughing gas) which reduces pain and helps you to relax.
- The dentist might use a small sheet of rubber on a metal frame (rubber dam) to target the decayed tooth. This helps stop liquid and tooth chips from getting into your mouth or throat.
- A drill is used to remove all the decay.
- Lastly, a filling replaces the removed decay. Some fillings are made of composite resin that provides a tooth-coloured look. Composite resin is often used on the front teeth where appearance is important. Additionally, composite resin is easier to work with than gold.
Mercury-Free White Fillings
At Portway Dental Centre, our composite resin fillings are mercury-free. These fillings are made from a tooth-coloured plastic pipe which is filled with glass particles.
The advantages of this type of filling include:
- Integrating more easily with the tooth
- Not weakening the tooth like silver fillings
- Making secondary decay easier to spot
- Easier fixes if damaged
- Resistance to heat and cold
- Environmentally safe
- Providing a more natural and attractive choice