Cavities are caused by an erosion of the enamel, the hard tissue covering the visible portion of your beautiful teeth. Whatever caused this cavity can cut deeper into your tooth until the pulp and nerves in there are exposed. At this stage, your tooth becomes sensitive and even painful. Further neglect can lead to severe pain, abscess formation, and even loss of the tooth. A timely filling will prevent such problems.
Dental fillings are made from a variety of materials using slightly varying procedures.Their choice by the dentist and the patient depends upon various factors, such as their esthetics, strength, durability and of course! Their cost!
Metal filligs are also of two types:
Amalgam — This is the classic “silver” filling in which has been used very reliably for over a century. The dental amalgam is an alloy made up of mercury, with powdered silver, tin, and traces of copper. The mercury forms, what is technically called an amalgam. Amalgamation makes the mercury stable and safe. These fillings are strong and inexpensive. The amalgam can be readily prepared in the office. Hence the filling can be finished quickly within a single sitting. However, amalgam fillings are conspicuous and noticeable. Also, they require relatively more (drilling) than other types.
Composite — If you do not want the filling to show up different, a composite filling one choice. Composites are mixtures of plastic and glass which are available in various colors to match your teeth. Composites are less expensive than amalgam but may have a slightly shorter life. Also they can crack and may even stain.
Porcelain — Indirect (fabricated inside the laboratory and then attached inside the tooth)Fillings made of dental ceramics look natural, are strong, and don’t stain like composites can. They are more expensive than composites. They are made either in the dental laboratory or in the office using high-tech CAD / CAM equipment. In the latter case they can be made in a single visit. While they are aesthetically the most popular, they are also brittle, and may chip or crack.
Glass Ionomer — Acrylic when mixed with glass powders makes an ionomer. Glass ionomer fillings are inexpensive and translucent fillings. They blend with the natural tooth color and also release a small amount of fluoride. The fluoride helps prevent decay. Normally they do not last as long as other fillings of other materials.
Dear Valued Patients,
We hope you and your family are in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: Our Commitment to Your Safety.
Infection control has always been a top priority for our patients and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our office follows up-to-date infection control recommendations made by the Canadian Dental Association, British Columbia Dental Association, College of Dental Surgeos of BC and the World Health Organization.
You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. Including:
-Pre- screening of all patients prior to their appointment and again at the entrance of the office
-Temperature check for patients upon entry of the office
-We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. Please follow the instructions given by the receptionist before seeing our CDA.
Appointments will be managed to allow social distancing between patients. That might mean that you're offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
Appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for all clinical and administrative staff, including surgical and N95 masks, face shield and gowns.
Daily temperature check for all staff.
Extra time scheduled between patient's appointments to allow thourough cleaning and disinfection of treatment rooms and equipment.
Due to social distancing measurments, we are not able to have our full reception team available, as a result, this may cause longer wait times on phones and we might not be able to confirm the validity of your insurance on your behalf. We recommend all patients confirm there have been no changes to their insurance plans over these uncertain times.
We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, staff and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office or use appointment request page here
Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.
Burnaby Square Dental Team