A tooth filling is a form of restorative dentistry like a crown. This procedure is commonly used to fix minor fractures and stop the spread of decay. Modern filling materials used at Rose City Dental Center include tooth-coloured porcelain or composite and traditional amalgam. Each type is effective at smoothing out the tooth surface for better mouth function.
A decayed or damaged tooth that has lost enamel may cause sensitivity to hot or cold foods. Often, sensitivity is significantly improved or eradicated after a filling is placed. However, there are situations where the tooth damage is too extensive to be repaired with a dental filling. In these cases, either an alternate or additional treatment may be required, including:
Tooth-coloured or white fillings are typically more expensive than silver amalgam restorations. The process is more sophisticated, and the materials are costlier. Composite resin is a more aesthetically pleasing alternative to metal. For that reason, patients with preexisting silver fillings tend to have their Welland, ON dentists replace them with more discreet composite.
A variety of factors influence the cost of fillings, such as:
Typically, a silver filling will last about 12 years. In contrast, a tooth-coloured filling should last from 5 to 7 years. For all types of fillings, longevity depends on how well you care for your oral health. It is also essential to keep up with regularly scheduled visits to the Rose City Dental Center.