Minimally Invasive White Fillings
Tooth decay is one of the most common diseases affecting adults. Treating cavities early is the most important step in preventing spread of decay. Unfortunately, many people never realize that there is a problem with their tooth until symptoms become severe. Ongoing checkups and exams at our Tsawwassen, BC dentist office allow us to assist you in intervening when cavities are smaller and less-invasive to treat.
Symptoms of Tooth Decay
Although not every cavity is painful, the following symptoms are red-flags for tooth decay:
- Sensitivity in a particular area of the mouth
- Pain when eating specific types of foods (such as sweets or sweetened drinks)
- An area that feels rough to your tongue
- Something feeling “off” when you bite
- Problems with food catching in a particular area
- Discoloration or staining in specific parts of teeth
Larger cavities can eventually reach the nerve of the tooth, infecting it and causing an abscess along the gums.
What to Expect During Your Filling Appointment
During your filling appointment, Dr. Jan Roberts will first numb your tooth with local anesthetic to prevent any sensitivity. While the medication is taking effect, we will use a shade guide to select a white material that matches your tooth.
Once the decayed or damaged portion of your tooth structure has been removed, Dr. Roberts will smooth the remaining surface and use a gentle conditioner that optimizes the bond seal between the tooth and the composite resin material.
Next, the composite resin is placed into the cavity and shaped to mimic the natural anatomy of your tooth’s surface. Then we use a bright light to cure it in place, so that it becomes permanently bonded and fused with the tooth structure.
Home Care After a Filling
As with any other type of restorative treatment, it’s vital to continue brushing and flossing the area each day. Ongoing preventive care limits the risk of bacterial plaque and acid etching away at the margin of your new filling, extending the life and integrity of your investment.
Advantages of Composite Fillings
Compared to traditional silver fillings, white fillings offer many different advantages, including:
- Composite materials that come in a variety of colors to match your unique smile
- A tight bond between the filling and your tooth, for greater protection
- Less invasive to the tooth, as a larger amount of structure can be preserved
- No mercury contained in the material
Want to Change Out Your Metal Filling?
Older amalgam (mercury) fillings can gradually start to leak or make your surrounding tooth enamel look darker. Assuming that the restoration is modest in size, it may be possible for our cosmetic dentist to change it out with a white filling for aesthetic purposes.
Roberts Dental & Facial Rejuvenation uses the most advanced white filling materials available. If you suspect that you have a cavity or are noticing an area of sensitivity, contact our South Delta, BC dentist if a white filling is the right option for you. We are proudly serving the Tsawwassen, Ladner, South Delta and Point Roberts communities.