The lasting beauty, the strength of composite fillings for cavity repair in London, ON

Led by Dr. Ashish Papneja, Hyde Park Dentistry in London, ON, works closely with patients to prevent the conditions that threaten their teeth’ structural integrity and health. Tooth decay progressively erodes the structure of the teeth. You can resolve early-stage enamel erosion and decay non-traumatically with preventive services, such as fluoride supplementation, and with modifications to oral hygiene, for decay that causes a hole or cavity in the tooth, Drs. Papneja and Moaveni can recommend a restorative treatment or filling. There are many different types of fillings, including those made from dental composite.

Basics about composite fillings

Also known as “white” or “tooth-coloured” fillings, composite fillings are made from a non-metal material that is formulated mainly with resin (plastic) and glass particles. When the material is prepared to blend in with the colour of the surrounding tooth and other teeth in the smile, the composite naturally and durably replicates the appearance and strength of natural enamel.

Your dentist will apply the prepared composite to the damaged tooth, which has also been prepared to “accept” the filling. Generally, this step in the process involves removing decayed or damaged tissue. So, the procedure is akin to your tooth starting fresh with a clean slate. The composite is applied as pliable material in layers. For the ultimate bond between the natural tooth and the composite, your dentist hardens each layer. The “finishing touch” involves making slight adjustments to the tooth and polishing, so the natural and stunning lustre shines through.

Benefits of composite fillings

Our patients like that these fillings:

  • Look like natural teeth, no prominent- or unnatural-looking silver metal peeking through.
  • They are durable and long-lasting, as long as the patient maintains good oral hygiene and care at our practice.
  • They are hypoallergenic and are appropriate for patients with sensitivities to metals such as amalgams that contain silver, tin, copper, and mercury.
  • Preserve maximum natural and healthy tooth structure. Since these fillings are a direct restoration, the less of the natural tooth must be altered to accommodate the filling. Indirect restorations generally involve being made outside of the mouth and require more tooth structure to be drilled away for the filling to fit within the treatment site or cavity.

The process of getting a composite filling is fast and can be completed in one visit. Treated teeth require no special products to keep them healthy. They are a significant investment in the long-term health of your smile and mouth. Schedule your appointment today to find out more about how to maintain or restore your healthiest, most brilliant smile. Call us at 226-271-2522.


Which type of dental filling is better?

The choice between dental fillings depends on factors like location, size of the cavity, aesthetics, budget, and allergies. Amalgam fillings are durable and cost-effective but less aesthetic. Composite resin fillings offer better aesthetics and bonding but are less durable. The best type varies by individual needs and preferences.

How long does dental filling last?

The lifespan of a dental filling depends on factors like the material used, oral hygiene, chewing habits, and location in the mouth. Amalgam fillings typically last 10-15 years or longer, while composite resin fillings may last 5-10 years or more with proper care.

What happens if you don’t replace a filling?

If a filling is not replaced when necessary, it can lead to further decay, cracking, or breaking of the tooth. This can result in more extensive dental work, such as root canal therapy or even tooth loss. Regular dental check-ups help monitor the condition of fillings and prevent complications.

How painful is a tooth filling?

The level of pain experienced during a tooth-filling procedure can vary depending on individual pain tolerance, the depth of the cavity, and the type of anesthesia used. Local anesthesia is typically administered to numb the area, minimizing discomfort during the procedure. Afterward, mild sensitivity or discomfort may occur temporarily.