Smile Dentistry at Herons Hill - Toronto

Composite Fillings in Toronto

Tooth-colored fillings work wonders in treating cavities, preventing further damage or harm to your precious teeth. These remarkable white fillings blend seamlessly with your natural teeth, delivering a flawless appearance and a delightful sensation.
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Make Teeth Look And Feel Natural Again.

At our office, dental fillings take center stage as the most commonly performed procedure. They play a crucial role in repairing and restoring teeth while preventing painful decay or infection that could necessitate more extensive treatment. We exclusively use tooth-coloured composite resin fillings that are precisely colour-matched to your tooth. Unlike traditional metal (amalgam) fillings, these resin fillings have the remarkable ability to fill smaller spaces with great precision, resulting in less invasive drilling. This not only enhances your comfort but also preserves more of your natural tooth structure, ensuring a seamless and aesthetically pleasing result.

Why Are Fillings So Important?

The prospect of getting a filling can feel like a chore for many. You may find yourself putting it off or wondering why you need to have a filling in the first place, especially if your tooth doesn’t hurt (yet). Nonetheless, we strongly recommend you have your cavities filled at your earliest convenience, and here is why:

  • Stop cavities from getting bigger.
  • Prevent painful infections or abscesses.
  • Cavities weaken your tooth. Fillings restore strength and durability.
  • They save you money in the long run.
  • Reduce sensitivity too hot and cold.
  • Preserve your natural smile for as long as possible.

How is a cavity filled?

Gentle Freezing

Before we begin, we will take the time to carefully numb your gums so we can gently freeze the area. People often feel anxious about this step. Freezing will numb your teeth and surrounding area so you barely feel a thing during the procedure.

Filling the Tooth

After we confirm that you’re comfortably frozen, your tooth is carefully cleaned and prepped. An adhesive gel is placed on the affected tooth over which a composite resin (white filling material) will be moulded and sculpted to match your contours or bite.

Curing the Composite

The composite resin material used to fill or bond your tooth is quickly cured and hardened with a special LED light. The doctor will carefully examine your finished tooth and make any required finishing touches before giving it a final polish.

The Cost Of A Filling In Toronto

Fillings are a routine and effective method for preventing dental problems, and most insurance companies offer significant coverage for them. With insurance, costs can range from $0 to $100+. For those without insurance, prices typically range from $120 to $300 or more, particularly for multiple fillings.

When determining the cost of your treatment, we consider several factors:

  1. Your current oral health.
  2. The number of fillings required.
  3. The location of the cavity in your mouth.
  4. The need for any new x-rays.
  5. The time necessary to address your specific needs.
  6. The equipment and supplies required for comprehensive care.

Promptly filling cavities is vital to us as it helps prevent more invasive treatments, alleviates severe dental pain, and contributes to your overall happiness and well-being.

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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

By maintaining a regular oral hygiene routine consisting of daily brushing and flossing, as well as scheduling regular cleanings and checkups, your fillings can last for more than ten years with ease.

While over-the-counter products exist to provide temporary filling for a cavity or minor tooth damage until you can see a dentist, it’s important to note that they are not a permanent solution and cannot replace a professional filling. Cavities represent permanent tooth damage that requires proper cleaning, preparation, and filling by a dental professional. Allowing dental decay to progress without treatment poses serious risks. If left untreated, cavities can result in tooth loss and tooth abscess formation. Seeking professional dental care is essential for addressing cavities effectively and preventing further complications.

If you’re experiencing intense pain that hinders your ability to eat or sleep, we consider it a dental emergency, and we strongly encourage you to contact us immediately. We can provide guidance over the phone and prioritize scheduling an appointment for you as soon as possible. For temporary relief from a toothache, you can apply a cold compress to the affected area on your face. Additionally, over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol) or ibuprofen (e.g., Advil) may help alleviate the pain. Always follow your doctor’s advice and carefully read the instructions on the medication bottle. It’s essential to note down the medication, dosage, and time taken, so you can inform us about it during your visit.

In the past, fillings were commonly made with a dental alloy called “dental amalgam,” which often earned nicknames like “silver” or “mercury” fillings. Despite ongoing debates about the safety of amalgam fillings, scientific studies, as confirmed by the Canadian Dental Association, have not provided evidence linking dental amalgam to illness in the general population. Therefore, if you currently have silver fillings, there is no need to worry or feel apprehensive.

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