Blog

dental filling

Learn All About Dental Fillings

Learn All About Dental Fillings

Dental fillings are special materials that are used for restoring decayed or damaged teeth. There are a variety of dental filling materials used. The type of material used varies depending on the area of the mouth they will be placed, and depending on how the filling will affect your smile.

Dental Filling Materials

White Fillings – These are also referred to as composite dental fillings. This type of filling is used if the teeth being restored are visible when smiling. These filling materials can be precisely matched to the surrounding teeth for a natural look. White fillings bond directly to the tooth, which requires less removal of tooth structure before application, unlike silver fillings.

Silver Fillings – Also referred to as amalgam fillings. They were widely used historically, but are rarely used nowadays. Silver fillings are generally stronger than white fillings, and still may be used for teeth in the back of the mouth due to the increased biting forces they have to handle.

Other Fillings – Some fillings may be produced in a dental laboratory. Examples include gold fillings and porcelain fillings.

tooth filling steps

Dental Filling Procedure

First, your dentist will perform a thorough dental exam to determine dental fillings are required. Dental x-rays will usually be needed by your dentist to ensure that areas of the tooth that are not visible under the gums can be seen radiographically. Tight areas where two teeth meet can also be seen easily on a dental x-ray.

Use of a numbing agent or local anesthetic may be used before preparing the tooth for the dental filling. Any decay affecting the tooth will be removed to ensure a clean tooth surface. Once the area is prepared, the dental filling is placed and shaped to match the natural tooth structure of nearby teeth. The filling material is then hardened with a special UV light.

Contact us if you think you may need a dental filling, or if you have any questions about tooth restoration options.

More Blogs

cavity-filling-oshawa - dentist - Harmony Dental Care

How Do I Take Care of My Dental Fillings?

All dental fillings must be replaced eventually, however, if you take proper care of the dental fillings they can last between 10 and 15 years. Why you need fillings replaced?…

Posted by harmonydentalcare1, May 2, 2018

Are Dental Caps Safe - Dr. Peter Yao - Harmony Dental

Oral Health: Are Dental Caps Safe?

Dental caps or crowns are made from materials such as alloys or ceramics. However, with these kinds of components, are dental caps safe? To get the best answer, patients may…

Posted by harmonydentalcare1, November 13, 2018

Senior dentistry oshawa - Oshawa Dental clinic

Senior Dentistry Specialist in Oshawa

The Oshawa Dental Clinic specializes in senior dentistry Oshawa. This particular area of service is in demand because seniors have different needs regarding dental care than adults and children. In…

Posted by harmonydentalcare1, July 6, 2018

LATEST POSTS

Oral Health: Are Dental Caps Safe?

Dental caps or crowns are made from materials such as alloys or ceramics. However, with these kinds of components, are dental caps safe? To…

Posted by Harmony Dental Care, November 13, 2018

How To Fix A Badly Broken Tooth?

A badly broken tooth can be frustrating as your tongue easily feels the sharp edges of the damaged tooth. It’s also embarrassing especially when…

Posted by Harmony Dental Care, November 9, 2018

What does an Oshawa General Dentist Do?

Some might not have been to a dental clinic before. Those dental procedures seem unfamiliar and they can’t decide which specialist to choose. In…

Posted by Harmony Dental Care, November 6, 2018