Modern advances in dentistry have made it possible to replace the old mercury fillings of yesteryear with metal-free white resin or porcelain fillings today. Northtown Dental Associates is proud to be able to offer our Edmonton patients metal-free dental fillings to help strengthen their teeth and restore their natural beauty and feel. Used to treat cavities and replace minor tooth decay, metal-free dental fillings are as safe and convenient as regular fillings, but they have the added benefit of looking more natural – this is especially important for teeth that are more towards the front of your mouth. We are proud to offer this service to our patients in Edmonton, conveniently located in north Edmonton near transit.
Here are a few filling-related questions answered for you for peace of mind knowing what you’re getting into and what will happen before, during, and after your procedure. If you have any questions that you don’t see here, or need us to expand on one or more of the answers, feel free to get in touch with our office for additional information.
The most common reason for a filling is cavities but they can also be used to fix damage created by teeth grinding or replacing a part of your broken tooth if the damage isn’t too extensive. You can also get a filling to replace an old filling that is defective or starting to decay in order to avoid problems down the road. Talk to your dentist to figure out the best course of action when it comes to fillings.
You should plan for at least an hour for your appointment for everything from talking to you about the procedure, additional x-rays (if needed), and completing the dental work. It is also recommended that you don’t eat for a few hours to ensure the filling sets properly.
Once you and your dentist decide that a filling is the best course of action for the longterm health of your teeth, you’ll have an appointment scheduled for your procedure. When you arrive, the first thing that happens is your dentist will numb your teeth, gums, and surrounding area with a numbing agent to keep discomfort to a minimum during the process. It takes about 5-10 minutes for the numbing to come into effect and this will last until after your appointment is done. Once you’re frozen and ready, they’ll use a drill to remove all decay from your tooth and replace it with either a composite or amalgam (blended) filling. The final step will be a bite check to make sure your teeth are aligning properly and there aren’t any issues when you eat, talk, or move your mouth and jaw. You’ll be numb for a couple hours afterwards and it isn’t recommended that you eat afterwards to ensure you’re not biting your cheek as well as to ensure the filling sets properly.
Pain should subside within a couple days and sensitivity will take a little longer depending on the person. If you continue to have pain or extreme sensitivity after a few weeks, contact your dentist to come back in and get checked out.
Location and extent of decay, the cost of the filling material, your dentist’s recommendation, and your insurance coverage are all factors in figuring out which filling material is best for you. Don’t hesitate to ask questions if you’re uncertain, that’s what we’re here for.
This depends on what kind of filling materials you get and normal wear and tear but the average lifespan for a filling is between 5 and 15 years. If you notice signs of wear and tear on tooth fillings, such as worn areas or cracks, talk to your dentist about replacing them though they should be checking for you if you’re going to your regular checkups.
Patients can smile with confidence and enjoy pain-free eating after a visit to Northtown Dental in Edmonton for a dental filling procedure. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.