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Composite Fillings in Waterloo

An effective restorative way to repair damaged or decayed teeth and provide a natural-looking result.
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Restore & Repair Your Smile

Our practice has performed thousands of composite filling procedures. Fillings not only help to restore and repair teeth they also prevent further decay or infection. We use high-quality composite resin fillings that are carefully matched to the colour of your teeth, resulting in a natural-looking and seamless restoration. Compared to metal amalgam fillings, tooth-coloured composite resin offers superior bonding to the tooth and is capable of filling smaller spaces, which translates to a minimally invasive and more comfortable experience for patients with less drilling required.

What makes fillings such a critical part of dental care?

Fillings play a vital role in dental care, as they help to repair and restore teeth damaged by decay or trauma, preventing further deterioration or infection. By addressing cavities and other tooth damage early on, fillings can help to preserve the natural tooth structure and avoid more invasive and costly dental procedures down the line.

  • Fillings are a crucial part of dental care that help to repair and restore damaged teeth.
  • By addressing cavities and other tooth damage early on, fillings can prevent further deterioration or infection.
  • Fillings can help to preserve the natural tooth structure and avoid more invasive and costly dental procedures.
  • Regular dental checkups and cleanings can help detect and address cavities and other tooth damage before they require more extensive treatment.

What to Expect at a Filling Appointment?

Freezing Eliminates Pain

To ensure your comfort during the procedure, we will carefully numb your gums before beginning the treatment, a step that can often cause some anxiety. By gently freezing the affected area, we can ensure that your teeth and surrounding tissues are thoroughly numbed, minimizing any discomfort or pain that you may experience during the procedure.

Filling the Tooth

An adhesive gel is applied to help secure the composite resin (white filling material) that will be used to mold and sculpt the filling to match your unique contours and bite.

Curing the Composite

After applying the composite resin material to fill or bond your tooth, it is quickly cured and hardened using a special LED light. Following this, the dentist will perform a thorough examination of the finished tooth and make any necessary finishing touches before giving it a final polish.

How Much is a Filling In Waterloo?

Due to their effectiveness in preventing dental issues, fillings are considered a routine procedure and are often covered by most insurance plans. With insurance, patients may expect to pay anywhere from $0 to $100+ for a typical filling. Without insurance, the cost may range from $120 to $300 and beyond, particularly if multiple fillings are required simultaneously.

When we determine the actual cost of your treatment we refer to a few important factors:

  • Your current oral health.
  • How many fillings you need.
  • Where the cavity is located in your mouth.
  • Whether or not any new x-rays are required.
  • The amount of time required by the dental team to meet your specific needs.
  • The equipment and supplies that will be needed to serve all your needs.

We place great importance on promptly filling cavities and recognize the effectiveness of fillings in preventing the need for more invasive and potentially painful dental procedures. By prioritizing prompt cavity treatment, we aim to keep our patients happy, healthy, and free of serious dental pain.

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to schedule an initial consultation & exam.

Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, composite fillings are considered safe and have been used for decades to repair teeth. They are free of mercury, which is a concern for some patients with traditional silver amalgam fillings.

The lifespan of composite fillings can vary depending on factors such as oral hygiene habits, diet, and the location of the filling. With proper care, composite fillings can last for many years and provide a durable and effective restoration for damaged teeth.

To care for your composite fillings, it is important to maintain good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing and flossing regularly, and attending regular dental checkups and cleanings. You should also avoid biting down on hard or sticky foods, as this can damage the filling. If you notice any issues with your filling, such as sensitivity or pain, be sure to contact your dentist as soon as possible.

One of the main advantages of composite fillings is their natural appearance. Unlike traditional silver amalgam fillings, composite fillings blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth, making them a popular choice for repairing teeth in visible areas of the mouth. Composite fillings also bond more securely to the tooth structure, which can help to reduce the risk of future decay or damage.

Composite fillings are tooth-colored restorations used to repair teeth that have been damaged by decay or trauma. They are made of a blend of plastic and glass particles and are designed to match the color and texture of your natural teeth.

There are over-the-counter products available to temporarily fill a cavity or minor tooth damage until you can make it to the dentist but they are not a permanent solution and cannot replace a professional filling. A cavity is permanent tooth damage that must be cleaned, prepared and filled by a dental professional. There are severe risks to letting dental decay continue to worsen. If left untreated, cavities can lead to tooth loss and tooth abscess.

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