Fillings, Inlays & Onlays
Dental Fillings in Mississauga
Dental fillings are the most common restorative procedure performed by our dentists. Modern technology and medication help us make sure your filling process is quick and comfortable, from the moment we apply a numbing solution to your gums to the moment you leave our offices with secure fillings. We can also provide you with multiple options for materials, including amalgam (silver-coloured) or composite (natural colour) fillings.
What is a Dental Filling?
When a tooth has a significant cavity (a hole in the tooth caused by decay), filling it in can restrengthen the tooth and prevent further decay and damage. During the procedure, we will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and fill the hole with metal or composite material. Local anesthesia is used to keep patients comfortable throughout the procedure. A straightforward dental filling can be completed in one visit. However, if several fillings need to be done in different regions of the mouth, they may be stretched out over several visits for your comfort and health.
Preventing Cavities is Key
Cavity prevention can help patients avoid fillings. Regularly scheduled dental hygiene appointments combined with a thorough at-home cleaning routine help keep your teeth strong and healthy. It’s important to teach children at a young age the benefits of keeping teeth clean and healthy, and our dental hygienists are here to help! Ask us any questions about your oral health, including whether dental sealants are right for you or your child.
Inlays and Onlays in Mississauga
Inlays and onlays are durable restorative treatments that are used to strengthen the topmost portion of a molar or premolar. An inlay fills the area of a tooth in between the cusps, while an onlay covers the chewing surface of a tooth. Both are high-quality, custom-made solutions that preserve and strengthen the weakened tooth structure. Our trained dentists are experienced in installing both types.
Dental Fillings vs. Inlays and Onlays
A dental filling is optimal for filling in a small-sized hole caused by a cavity or tooth decay. However, when a large portion of the tooth has been weakened from decay but has not yet fractured or broken the tooth, an inlay or onlay provides a more durable solution than a dental filling. These partial restorations are fitted and cemented onto the top of tooth after it is damaged, providing a just-right fit that exists between a filling and a dental crown.
Installing an Inlay or Onlay
It typically takes two appointments to restore teeth using an inlay or onlay. We’ll take an impression of your teeth during the first appointment and send it to the dental laboratory, where they’ll create either an inlay or an onlay based on your teeth impressions. The restoration can be made out of porcelain, gold, or resin, which we will discuss with you in advance. Once the material is ready, you’ll come in for another visit. This time we set the inlay or onlay in place, adjust for a precise fit, then cement it to your tooth. After we check to see that your bite is comfortable, you’ll be ready to go home and enjoy your next meal!
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