What are Dental Fillings?

Tooth fillings help to restore cavities and bring a damaged tooth back to its usual function and shape.

These fillings replaces lost tooth structure caused by decay and wear, ensuring teeth are healthy and can continue functioning without becoming a bigger issue. By closing off spaces where bacteria can enter, a filling also helps prevent further decay.

Only your dentist can detect whether you have a cavity that needs to be filled. During a check-up, your dentist will use a small mirror to examine the surfaces of each tooth.

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What is the Procedure?

During your consultation, your dentist will thoroughly examine your teeth to check for any cavities. X-rays may be needed/taken. The type of treatment your dentist chooses will depend on the extent of damage caused by decay.

When your dentist gives you a tooth filling, he or she first removes the decayed tooth material, cleans the affected area, and then fills the cleaned out cavity with a filling material.

By diagnosing tooth decay at its earliest stages, we strive to do the least invasive filling wherever possible. Traditionally there are two types of commonly used fillings, composite resin and amalgam fillings. Amalgam fillings are made of a mixture of metals, including silver, copper, tin, mercury and zinc, and is a very strong filling material . At Aurora Epping dental we use composite resin fillings, also known as white fillings, which unlike amalgam fillings, can be colour matched to the shade of your natural teeth.

Composite resin fillings are:

If decay or a fracture has damaged a large portion of the tooth, inlays and onlays or a crown may be recommended. Decay that has reached the nerve may need root canal therapy in which the damaged nerve is removed.

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