White fillings, also known as tooth-coloured fillings, are regularly used to treat cavities. At Dental Care Group, your Danforth dentist has restored many patients’ teeth with this material.
What exactly is a filling? After we get rid of bacteria from the affected tooth and completely clean that spot, we’ll fill it with a composite resin (plastic and glass mix). If a cavity is left untreated, decay will spread further. Then you are left to decide between a root canal treatment or extraction.
In addition to being able to save the tooth, other benefits of white fillings are:
- They are natural-looking.
- They never discolour neighbouring teeth or tissues.
- They prevent further decay.
- They are very durable.
While they work well for many patients, sometimes other types of fillings are the better option. At our dental practice, we also provide amalgam (silver) fillings. When you come in for your appointment, we will evaluate the magnitude of the repair, where in the mouth the filling is going to go, and if you are allergic to specific materials. You will be informed about your choices and based on our review of your smile, we’ll recommend what’s best for your situation.
So, how do you know if you need a white filling? The most common sign of a cavity is a toothache. Other signs to pay attention to are pain when drinking or chewing, sensitivity, or a dark spot in the tooth.
Don’t hesitate to call our office if you think you have a cavity. We can also replace a damaged or lost filling. The sooner the better to prevent bacteria from once again rearing its ugly head.
Yours in excellent dental health,
Dr. Christina Binert, your Danforth dentist
Dr. Chris Binert graduated from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry, 1983 with honors. She has been a member of the Ontario Dental Association and the Canadian Dental Association since her graduation.
Dr. Binert is currently an instructor at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto, and has taught there for over 25 years. She is currently the Director of the Dental Care Group.