Dentist in Calgary, AB offers composite resin fillings for addressing tooth decay
Cavities are a common dental problem. These areas of decay are caused when bacteria are left on the tooth enamel. These holes can become extremely problematic if they are not diagnosed and treated in their earliest stages. Fillings are used to address tooth decay, and our dentist in Calgary, AB at Calgary Dental Centers believes that composite resin is a great material for the job!
Overview of composite fillings
In the past, most dentists addressed dental cavities with a material known as silver amalgam. This material is a combination of metals and materials such as mercury. Silver amalgam fillings do not adhere to the teeth as well as other materials, and studies continue to show the risk of mercury toxicity. Instead, Dr. Hanif Asaria of Calgary Dental Centers in Calgary, AB encourages patients to choose materials such as composite resin for their fillings. This resin material is more aesthetic. These fillings are tooth-colored, allowing them to blend in seamlessly with the smile. Composite resin also does not expand and contract with temperature changes as silver amalgam fillings do. This ensures protection of the tooth from micro-fractures.
Best candidates for composite fillings
Every patient can enjoy the advantage of composite resin fillings. We encourage patients to consider them when they are dealing with:
- Damage to the natural tooth enamel caused by bruxism (clenching and grinding)
- Silver amalgam fillings that are noticeable
- Large cavities that are caused by poor oral health habits
- Cosmetic imperfections, as this material can also be used for covering and restoring teeth
What to expect from composite fillings
Obtaining a composite resin filling is fast and straightforward at Calgary Dental Centers. The area surrounding the decay is numbed using a local anesthetic to maximize comfort. Sedation methods can also be used to calm patients who may have dental anxiety. We encourage patients to discuss their sedation needs. Once the area is properly prepared with the removal of affected enamel, the area is disinfected thoroughly to avoid trapping bacteria inside of the tooth. Composite resin filling is placed into the area and cured or hardened with a special light. The dentist can then file and polish the resin to create a match to the teeth that looks just like natural tooth enamel!
Recovery following dental fillings
Most patients can return right back to their normal activities after their filling is complete if they did not have oral sedation for their procedure. Oral sedation requires transportation home and rest for the remainder of the day. Patients who have had fillings placed might notice some minor sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures for a few days. This is resolved by avoiding foods and beverages with extreme temperatures. Any patients experiencing discomfort can take over-the-counter pain medication to manage their pain as the area heals.
Caring for composite fillings
Fillings do not require any special attention compared to the rest of the smile. Patients are urged to brush and floss regularly to reduce the risk of developing further issues in the smile. Regular home care routines should continue or be improved to avoid the need for fillings elsewhere in the smile. Our dental staff can educate patients on oral hygiene habits that will benefit the health and appearance of their teeth. Most composite resin fillings will last several years before they require replacement. Patients can have their fillings evaluated during their routine recall appointments at Calgary Dental Centers every six months. If patients have a problem with their filling or dental health between visits, they are urged to make an appointment for a proper diagnosis and treatment.
Call Calgary Dental Centers in Calgary today!
Calgary, AB patients who are interested in treating areas of decay in the smile, are encouraged to book a consultation visit with Dr. Hanif Asaria and his providers at either of the two locations available. Call (403) 768-1343 to schedule an appointment and discuss the advantages of composite resin fillings.