The Dentist screens your teeth during scheduled hygiene appointments, through digital x-rays and visual viewing. This is called a recall. If restorative treatment is required for cavities found, the office will schedule you to come back for a visit with the Dentist. Every tooth has five surfaces, and a cavity could involve one or more of these surfaces. A restoration is another word for filling.
We pride ourselves on pain free dentistry using modern freezing techniques. Before filling cavities, the Dentist will numb your teeth, gums and surrounding skin to avoid and lessen discomfort during the procedure. Next, she will drill out the decay in the tooth and replace it with a filling. This process only takes a few minutes.
The most common use of tooth fillings is to fill a cavity in the tooth. But tooth fillings also can be used to repair damage to teeth caused by teeth grinding (bruxism) or to replace part of a broken tooth.
The composite products used for your restoration will match the colour of your teeth. Nitrous oxide (commonly known as laughing gas) is available to patients of any age. This helps to reduce dental anxiety when you come for your Dentist appointment.
If you notice signs of wear on your tooth fillings, such as cracks or worn areas, please call our office to have the filling replaced as soon as possible.