If your teeth are chipped, cracked, or otherwise damaged by serious tooth decay, then fillings will be recommended at our dentist offices in Oshawa. The Conlin Dentistry team has been keeping Oshawa smiles safe from our North Oshawa dentist offices since we first opened our doors, and we can help you too! With over a decade of combined dental experience packed into our state-of-the-art facility, we can help you get perfect results with your white fillings today!

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Our offices are currently accepting new patients, and offering new patient families a FREE whitening kit for a limited time. Call 905-576-8222 now to book your white filling appointment!

How do I know when I need a filling?

Contrary to popular belief, decay is not the only reason why you may require a filling. Fillings may also be needed if you have cracked or broken teeth, or if your teeth are worn from unusual use including nail biting, tooth grinding (bruxism), and using your teeth as tools.

The only way to truly confirm whether or not you require a filling is to visit your dentist offices in Oshawa. Our team at Conlin Dentistry uses several different methods to determine whether or not your tooth requires a filling:

  • Observation – Your dentist will be able to identify most problems with a thorough check-up. Discoloured spots on your teeth often indicate the presence of decay. Your dentist will use a metal instrument called an explorer to probe for possible decay; health and strong enamel provides resistance to any pressure applied with this teeth, while decaying enamel is inherently softer and will stick.
  • Cavity-detecting dye – Your dentist may also opt to use a cavity-finding dye. This will be rinsed over your tooth and stick to any areas of decay.
  • X-rays – X-rays will show decay on the sides of the teeth, as well as in the dentin that lies beneath the surface of the enamel. X-rays may not be entirely accurate when it comes to the detection of small cavities on occlusal surfaces, and results may be disrupted by the presence of other fillings or restorations.

Fillings referred to as “restorations” can be direct or indirect. A direct restoration is made from white composite or resin material and completed in a single appointment. Indirect restorations (referred to as inlays and onlays) are made from tooth-coloured ceramic and made in the dental laboratory. This process requires 2 appointments. Ask your dentist about which restoration is best suited for you.

Why choose white fillings?

Amalgam or metallic fillings were considered the industry standard up until rather recently. Dentist offices in Oshawa and around Canada used this material almost exclusively. The amalgam was chosen for its strength and durability; dentists needed to find something capable of enduring the wear and tear that chewing surfaces produced.

Unfortunately, amalgam fillings were not an ideal solution. Many people felt embarrassed by the presence of unsightly silver, mercury, or metal fillings dotted their smile. Additionally, cheaper amalgam options were prone to breaking down, and could even lead to a tooth fracture for large cavities where more than half of the width of the tooth is affected. Some metal fillings can corrode and leak, blackening the filling and even affecting the tooth.

Recently, an improved white composite filling material was introduced and adopted by the Conlin Dentistry team. White fillings have become a very sought-after service at our dentist office in Oshawa. White composite fillings are a popular choice because of the aesthetic advantages they hold over opaque amalgam fillings. The material used can match the shade and translucency of your own natural teeth so that your cavity is treated without there being any visible indication left behind.

Aside from the fact that they are practically invisible to the naked eye, white composite fillings often provide a much better result than the old amalgam filling option. Composites have a bonding property that helps them increase the strength of the tooth being restored by creating a better seal. Composite fillings are generally considered to be more resistant to wear, and easier to polish. All these reasons combined to inform our decision to include white fillings as a main service at our dentist offices in Oshawa.

To learn more about white fillings or to book your appointment today, visit http://conlindentistry.com/contact/ and speak with a member of the Conlin Dentistry team today!