Dental Composite Filling in Waterdown

Tooth decay and cavities can be a nuisance. They cause food lodgment, tooth sensitivity, and most of all, toothaches. It often results in sleepless nights and awkward smiles. Teeth composite fillings have become a sought-after treatment of late because tooth decay, also known as dental caries, is still one of the most common chronic diseases worldwide.


Attempts to repair decaying teeth have been discovered in pre-historic men. Dental amalgam (silver fillings) and other types of metal fillings did not emerge in the market until the 19th century.

Although gold was a common material for dental restorations, it soon became clear that amalgam fillings, composed of a mercury-based amalgam and an alloy of silver, tin, and copper, offered a more affordable, long-lasting, and straightforward alternative.

The last few decades have seen a paradigm shift in dental materials. Unlike the mercury and silver-based amalgam fillings, the present filling materials are mercury-free and far more aesthetically pleasing. Esthetic fillings like dental composite restore the shape and function of the affected tooth and blend well with the smile.


Types of dental fillings:

  • Metallic fillings (silver fillings)
  • Gold fillings
  • Glass-ionomer based tooth colored fillings
  • Composite fillings
  • Ceramic fillings

Uses of tooth fillings:

  • To fill cavities caused by decayed teeth
  • To rebuild a broken tooth
  • To protect exposed surface of tooth roots after gum recession.
  • To close unaesthetic tooth gaps

Let us understand dental composite fillings

Dental composite filling

Composite fillings :

The composite restorations are made of biocompatible resins and finely ground filler materials that resemble glass, after hardening. They resemble the color of the tooth very closely.

Composite fillings provide an aesthetically pleasing alternative to conventional “silver” fillings because they are available in a full spectrum of natural-looking shades. Additionally, composite resins are used in tooth bonding procedures to improve the color or shape of a tooth, conceal flaws, or fill in small gaps between teeth.

Reasons for composite fillings:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Closing space between two teeth
  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Decayed teeth
  • Worn teeth

Benefits of composite fillings

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Reduces teeth gap and repairs chipped tooth

It is the ideal material for making resin veneers because of its strength and natural appearance. Resin veneers are a quick and budget friendly option for closing gaps in your front teeth and smile designing.

Less tooth sensitivity and pain

A resin filling rarely causes tooth sensitivity. This occurs because the resin acts as a barrier to the hot and cold temperatures of the food and beverages we consume. And if it does, it will only be transient.

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Reduced Drilling

Composite fillings require little drilling and are the least invasive as compared to the other types that necessitate the removal of a sizeable portion of the tooth along with the infected area. Composite resin bonds to the tooth to reinforce its strength. The minimal drilling make this type of filling very patient friendly.

Adheres to natural teeth

The composite resin’s ability to bond with the natural tooth is one of its best features. This property makes the teeth structurally sound and also more durable.

Fast setting filling material

The procedure uses a specialized light to harden the filling immediately. Other types of fillings require a lot more time to get cured and functionally stable. There are no post procedures food restrictions for tooth bonding with composite resin.

Dental composite fillings can be repaired

Wear and tear of dental composites due to excessive chewing or grinding of the teeth is common. The teeth composite fillings can be repaired or redone if necessary.

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What is the procedure for composite filling ?

The dentist will first use a local anesthetic to numb your gums, teeth, and surrounding area. This is called dental freezing. As a result, the procedure will be less painful and uncomfortable. A drill will then be used to remove any decay. You might feel a little pressure during this brief process, which only lasts a few minutes.

The tooth and the cavity are prepared using an etchant and a tooth bonding agent. The dental composite is added in layers. The filling is cured in place by the dentist using a curing LED light. This quickly hardens each layer so that the next layer can be applied to the tooth through this process of photo-polymerization. The filling will look natural and effectively restore the function of the tooth.

How to take care of your composite fillings ?

  • Brush twice daily
  • Floss and rinse
  • Do not use chlorhexidine mouthwashes for extended periods, they cause staining.
  • Avoid smoking
  • Rinse thoroughly after tea / coffee
  • Visit your dentist periodically for a checkup.

In conclusion

Magnolia Dental is a boutique clinic that offers some of the most artistic dental composite fillings in Waterdown. You can easily make a dental appointment through our website, or you can get in touch with a member of our staff who will be happy to help.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much do composite fillings usually cost?

With an insurance plan, the cost of composite filling would be anywhere between zero to $100 or more. If you are without dental insurance, you can expect to pay anywhere from $125 to $350 and up, especially if you require multiple fillings at once.

How much is a composite resin filling?

Composite fillings are technique sensitive. The cost of a composite filling is not only for the premium material but also for the machinery used and the skillset of the dentist.

How long do composite fillings last?

Composite fillings are durable, they have good bond strength, shear and tensile strength to withstand the dynamic chewing forces. However, they wear out eventually and need to be repaired.

Is there a homemade tooth filling ?

While there are over-the-counter remedies for filling cavities and other minor tooth damage until you can get to the dentist, they are not a long-term fix and cannot take the place of a professional filling. A dental professional must clean, prepare, and fill a cavity because it causes permanent tooth damage. Allowing dental decay to get worse comes with serious risks.

How can I relieve my toothache at home ?

We advise you to call us right away if you have a toothache as it is a dental emergency. We can offer you advice over the phone and come see you right away. Apply a cold compress to your face over the painful area to temporarily relieve toothache. Taking a painkiller might help you lessen your discomfort.