Overcome Cavities and Minor Tooth Damage with Tooth-Coloured Fillings

Anyone can get cavities. However, you can rest easy because treating cavities is easy. Stoneycreek Village Dental uses composite dental fillings to fix cavities. We prefer composite fillings because they are natural-looking — once installed, no one can tell you have a filling. Tooth-coloured fillings are commonly used in cavity treatment, Drs. Yohannes Melkie and Alan Chan use it to treat tooth damage, including chipped and cracked teeth.

What to expect from the dental filling procedure

Before the procedure, your dentist numbs your mouth to minimize discomfort during the procedure. Then, he removes the decayed portion of your tooth and cleans it thoroughly to eliminate harmful bacteria.

Next, we fill your tooth with composite resin and harden the material using a curing light. Before letting you go, we make minor adjustments to your filling to ensure your bite feels and looks normal.

After the procedure, your mouth will remain numb for about two hours. During this time, you should refrain from eating or chewing as you risk biting your tongue and cheeks. However, other than this, you should go on about your everyday activities as you usually do.

Since we want your dental filling to serve you for years, proper care is vital. Brush and floss your teeth daily. Limit sugary foods and avoid smoking. While composite fillings are durable, refrain from biting and chewing hard substances. Lastly, don’t forget to see your dentist every six months.

Benefits of tooth-coloured fillings

Composite fillings are desirable in treating tooth decay because they offer numerous benefits, including:

  • Not obvious — composite fillings are barely noticeable after treating your teeth
  • Versatility — white fillings can treat cavities anywhere in your mouth
  • Durable — they can last as long as ten years with proper maintenance
  • Conservative — during treatment, we drill out a small portion of your tooth, maintaining your natural tooth’s integrity and structure
  • Safe—composite fillings neither contain toxic materials nor do they change in size when subjected to thermal stresses

Bid goodbye to ugly teeth and say hello to a healthy, cavity-free smile. The start for a healthier smile in Fort McMurray, Alberta, starts today. Please dial (780) 666-7327 to schedule an appointment with Stoneycreek Village Dental for tooth-coloured fillings.

What is a dental filling made out of?

Dental fillings can be made out of a number of different materials. While some dentists use silver amalgam fillings or other metal fillings, we prefer to use composite fillings which look natural and don’t contain toxic materials.

Why would I need a dental filling?

You may need a dental filling if you have a damaged tooth, especially one damaged by cavities. If you have a cavity, we will clean out the decayed tooth structure and fill the tooth with composite resin to prevent further damage to the tooth.

Is getting a filling painful?

No, we will numb your mouth before placing a filling so that you don’t feel anything during the treatment. Your tooth may feel a little sensitive after the filling is placed but we will discuss how you can manage this discomfort and it will usually fade within a day or two.

How long do fillings last?

Fillings can last for years with proper care. You can help your fillings last longer by brushing and flossing regularly, having regular dental checkups, and avoiding biting hard substances.

Dr. Yohannes Melkie, DMD EAT Bio

Dr. Yohannes Melkie

Dr. Yohannes Melkie obtained his Biomedical Science degree from the University of Ottawa and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Western Ontario. After graduation, he moved to Fort Mac, where he has practiced since.

Dr. Melkie follows various conferences and training sessions to stay current so he can provide the best quality treatment to his patients. He enjoys collaborating with patients to ensure they get the best care.