For most patients, cavities are a part of life. Every now and then, one will appear and it’s necessary to get it filled as quickly as possible.
For years, many dentists used metal fillings for such a task. However, we’re proud to used advanced “white fillings” which are resin based. Why? A white resin filling will match your tooth much better than a metal one, and there’s less chance of your tooth cracking as it could with a metal filling.
In the long term, a resin filling may also reduce the risk for infection.
The Filling Process
If you’re experiencing a toothache or sensitivity and suspect a cavity may be to blame, contact us to book your appointment.
During a cavity visit, we’ll first assess your mouth to look for any cavities. When one is located, we will clean out the affected area of the tooth and fill it with a white filling, the material of which is resin. Cosmetically, you won’t be able to tell that you have had a filling—the white material matches your natural teeth.
If you’re nervous, don’t worry—we’ll carry out the treatment under a local anaesthetic so that you won’t be in pain at all.
If you’d like, you can speak with your general practitioner before visiting us for a filling to obtain a relaxing medication.
The entire process should take just about an hour if you only have one tooth to fill.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I have multiple cavities filled in one visit?
Yes, you can.
If you find a filling during a scheduled cleaning, can I get it filled right then?
If we have time, we can fill the cavity on this visit, but you will most likely need to schedule a second appointment.
Will a filling hurt?
We do our best to numb the area so that you won’t feel a thing during the cavity appointment. Most of our patients find that they never experience any pain. The tooth may be slightly sensitive in the following days.
Will you perform a filling on a child?
It’s important to make sure a child’s oral health is properly tended to. We will absolutely perform fillings on children when the need arises. The sooner we’re able to fill a cavity, the better chance of proper oral health being restored is. If you suspect your child may have a cavity, bring them in to our practice for an appointment.
What are the symptoms of a cavity?
Most times, tooth sensitivity or pain is a tell-tale sign of a cavity. If you notice pain when drinking or eating something hot or cold in just one area of your mouth, this can also be indicative of a cavity.