Dental Fillings

Despite how often or well you brush your teeth, they can get tooth decay. When our dentists at Millway Dental spot cavities, they fill them to prevent decay from spreading throughout the rest of the tooth and beyond it. However, fillings are not just for cavities, and our dentists in Mississauga, ON use them for many other purposes.

Using a Filling to Restore a Tooth

While our dentists may use a filling on a cavity to restore the tooth, they can also apply the material to repair cracks, breaks, and teeth worn from misuse. When you chew on your nails, pencils, or grind your teeth, the enamel can wear away.

Filling materials can replace enamel to make your teeth stronger when you have cracks or breaks in them. These materials can also fill in chips in your teeth. The material options for fillings near you are:

  • Porcelain
  • Gold
  • Silver Amalgam
  • Composite Resin
  • Glass Ionomer

Porcelain, composite resin, and glass ionomer are available in shades that will match your teeth, so no one can see where you’ve had restoration work on them.

How Long Does a Filling Last?

While most of the materials our dentists near you use to fill a tooth are durable, they wear down over time and require replacement. However, they will last for several years. A filing that consists of glass ionomer lasts about five years. However, it can prevent further tooth decay as it releases fluoride while it’s in a tooth.

Composite resin is slightly stronger than glass ionomer, and this type of filling can last from five to seven years. Metallic fillings in Mississauga, ON last longer, with cast gold and silver amalgam lasting 10 to 15 years. Porcelain is also a strong material with a filling lasting about 15 years.

Our dentists can restore teeth with filling materials if they contain fractures, cracks, chips, or cavities. If you feel discomfort like you have a cavity or a tooth sustains damage, make an appointment to fill the tooth at Millway Dental. Our staff can give you advice about the best material for your filling and restore your smile.

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