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At Downtown Dental Centre in St. Catharines we take care of all our your dental health needs by providing you a vast array of dental services. During our general checkups or oral hygiene/cleaning services, we may find cavities or tooth decay that require fillings/restorations. A filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by a cavity or decay back to its normal function and shape. When our dentist gives you a filling/restoration, he first removes the cavity or decayed tooth area, cleans the affected area, and then fills the cleaned out area with a filling material to seal up the hole.

Fillings/restorations are composed of different materials; some are faster or less expensive to put in place than others, and they can be used in different types of cavity or decay holes:

Amalgam (silver) fillings/restorations

These fillings/restorations are resistant to wear and relatively inexpensive. However, due to their dark color, they are more noticeable than porcelain or composite fillings/restorations and are not usually used in very visible areas, such as front teeth.

Composite (plastic) resin fillings/restorations

These fillings/restorations are matched to be the same color as your teeth and used where a natural appearance is desired (such as front teeth). Composites may not be the ideal material for large fillings/restorations as they may chip or wear over time. They can also become stained from coffee, tea or tobacco, and do not last as long as other types of fillings/restorations (their lifespan is generally from 3 to 10 years).

Porcelain fillings/restorations

Also referred to as inlays or onlays, these fillings/restorations are produced to order in a lab and then bonded to cover part or most of the tooth. A porcelain filling/restoration can be matched to the color of the tooth and resists staining quite effectively. For further information on the porcelain fillings/restorations that Downtown Dental Centre offers, please visit our inlays/onlays page.

Gold fillings/restorations

These fillings/restorations are made to order in a laboratory and then cemented into place. Gold fillings/restorations are well tolerated by gum tissues, and may last more than 20 years. For these reasons, many dentists consider gold the best filling/restoration material, however, it may require multiple visits to put in place.

Only your dentist can detect whether you have a cavity or area of decay that needs to be filled/restored. The type of filling/restoration your dentist chooses for you will depend on the extent of damage caused by decay/cavity. Downtown Dental Centre will make certain that your filling/restoration will be done precisely and with attention to detail. Our goal is to make sure that your tooth decay/cavity is removed painlessly before we fill it. Our dentist works gently and quickly, ensuring that your tooth filling/restoration is an easy process.

It is important to have a trusted dental team working with something as precious as your teeth. Here at Downtown Dental Centre, we are committed to providing all of our valued clients in St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, Welland, and Thorold with dental services that are dependable and result in the smile they deserve. For superior quality patient care, come on in to our offices where we will be more than happy to provide you with exceptional dental services, and become your dental team!

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