Tooth Fillings in London, ON

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Today’s resilient composite fillings are the usual choice to fill a tooth that has decay. The composite material simulates the appearance of a healthy natural tooth, which is more aesthetically pleasing than amalgam fillings of the past. Composite fillings are often made from resin material matched to your tooth color and give you a smile that looks natural, clean and uniform.

What Causes Cavities?

From a young age, we’re taught to brush and floss our teeth carefully to avoid cavities. However, even the most diligent among us may still end up with tooth decay. Cavities are parts of the tooth that have worn away due to decay, caused by acid from plaque.

Cavities are usually accompanied by sensitivity, and more severe cases may cause pain. There might also be discoloration and bad breath present.

How are Cavities Treated?

The best way to deal with cavities is to apply fillings to protect the natural tooth, prevent further damage, and improve appearance. Fillings can be made from porcelain, metal amalgam, gold, or composite resin.

There are many options available when your tooth needs a filling. Several factors must be considered depending on the amount of decay, tooth structure and more.

Why Composite for Filling Cavities?

One of the key advantages of composite resin is that it protects the tooth whilst retaining the original tooth color. This is why you may have heard them referred to as ‘white fillings’. Composite resin, just like other filling materials, bolsters the existing tooth structure and prevents further damage deeper in the tooth. Composite resin is also a great choice for correcting chipped teeth, thanks to its natural color.

If you have a cavity that needs to be filled, be sure to discuss the options available to best maintain the integrity of your tooth and the look of your smile.

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