Dental White Fillings

Dental White Fillings, North Vancouver

At Third Street Dental, we are able to place safe white metal-free fillings to treat: cavities, small cracks, recession that causes sensitivity, or to replace old existing dental fillings.

We recommend beginning with a consultation with our team to assess what types of fillings are best for your mouth. Each person has unique dental needs, and requires a different level of filling strength for the particular tooth.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is a cavity treated?

    Typically a digital x-ray will help confirm the diagnosis of a cavity/decay. Once the treatment plan is created by the dentist, an appointment will be booked for the cavity appointment. A numbing agent and local anesthetic is placed to numb the area being treated. If possible, a non-latex rubber dam is used to promote isolation, and allow for ideal placement of the new dental filling. The cavity carefully removed. Finally, the filling material is placed into the space that was lost due to decay. Additional sedation may be offered for patients who have had bad experience with fillings in the past or are extremely anxious.

  • When is a white filling recommended?

    A dental white filling is recommended if the cavity is not very large. A small-to-medium size cavity can be restored with a white filling. If the cavity is very large, then a stronger filling, such as Gold or Porcelain will be recommended. This is to prevent tooth sensitivity, and to give the tooth strength long-term for chewing.

  • Should I have my old fillings replaced?

    Old pre-existing fillings are replaced when needed. Instances that require filling replacement are: decay occurring under an old filling, cracks or chips in the filling, or the tooth presents with sensitivity or pain to bite.

    If a patient doesn’t like the look of the older silver fillings, then white fillings or porcelain restorations can be treatment planned. This will give superior aesthetics and improved strength to the tooth.

  • Can I eat after getting my new white fillings?

    The white composite fillings are fully-set when leaving the office. However, the local anaesthetic takes 2-5 hours to wear off. Thus, we recommend not eating until the anaesthetic fully wears off, to reduce the likelihood of biting your numb lip, tongue or cheek. Warm or cold liquids (drinks, smoothies) are typically recommended to have while waiting for the anesthetic to wear off.

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