Make Teeth Look And Feel Natural Again.
In our office, dental fillings are the most common procedure performed. They repair and restore teeth, preventing decay or infection that may require more extensive treatments. We use tooth-coloured composite resin fillings that bond well with the tooth, allowing us to fill smaller spaces and minimize the need for drilling.
Why Are Fillings So Important?
We understand that the idea of getting a filling can be daunting for some people, and it’s common to feel hesitant or unsure about why you may need one. But don’t worry, we’re here to help! We’ll do our best to make the process as comfortable and stress-free as possible, and we’re always happy to answer any questions you may have. 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?
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 Thornhill
Fillings are commonly performed dental procedures that effectively prevent and address dental issues. They are highly valued by insurance companies, often providing substantial coverage. Under a typical insurance plan, the cost for fillings can range from $0 to $100 or more. However, if you do not have dental insurance, you can anticipate paying around $120 to $300 or higher, particularly if multiple fillings are required in a single session.
When we determine the actual cost of your treatment we refer to a few important factors:
- Your current oral health.
- How many fillings you need.
- Where the cavity is located in your mouth.
- Whether or not any new x-rays are required.
- The amount of time required by the dental team to meet your specific needs.
- The equipment and supplies that will be needed to serve all your needs.
Ensuring prompt treatment for cavities holds significant importance to us. Fillings play a crucial role in preventing the need for more invasive dental procedures, averting severe dental pain, and fostering your overall happiness and well-being. By addressing cavities in a timely manner, we aim to provide you with optimal dental care, ensuring your continued satisfaction and maintaining your oral health at its best. Our priority lies in offering effective preventive measures that enhance your overall quality of life and promote a lasting, vibrant smile.
Contact us today
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 routine of daily brushing and flossing, as well as scheduling regular cleanings and checkups, you can expect your fillings to last for more than ten years.
Over-the-counter products exist for temporary filling of cavities or minor tooth damage until you can see a dentist. However, it’s important to note that they are not a permanent solution and cannot substitute a professional filling. Cavities represent permanent tooth damage that necessitates cleaning, preparation, and filling by a dental professional. Allowing dental decay to progress untreated poses significant risks. Untreated cavities can result in tooth loss and tooth abscess.
If you are experiencing intense pain that hinders your ability to eat or sleep, it is considered a dental emergency, and we strongly encourage you to contact us immediately. We can provide guidance over the phone and arrange for you to be seen as soon as possible. To temporarily alleviate a toothache, apply a cold compress to the affected area on your face. You may also find relief by taking a pain reliever such as acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol) or ibuprofen (e.g., Advil). Always follow your doctor’s advice and carefully read the instructions on the medication bottle. It’s important to make a note of the medication, dosage, and time taken so that you can inform us when you visit our office.