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What are fillings?

Fillings are used to restore the function and/or appearance of missing tooth structure. Tooth loss typically results from cavities or external damage.  Placing a filling involves inserting a soft or malleable filling material into a prepared tooth and building up the tooth before the material hardens.  Our clinic uses white composite fillings that are colour-matched to your tooth to ensure a natural appearance.

Does my insurance cover fillings?

Coverage will vary from policy to policy, but most plans will offer at least partial coverage for dental fillings.  We can confirm your plan coverage at your next appointment.

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    1. Hi Chantal, thank you for contacting us. The cost of fillings varies depending on the type of tooth (incisors, premolars vs molars), and the size of the cavities (how many surfaces of the tooth). Unfortunately, it’s not possible to provide exact pricing without seeing the tooth and x-ray first. We will contact you directly to see if we can assist you further.

  1. Hi there I’m just looking to get some advice. I had a deep filling done about 2 months ago and ever since I have had no pain but out of the blue today my jaw and teeth on my right side are very sore. My filling is not to high so that’s not the problem.

    1. Hi Samantha, unfortunately it’s not possible for me to provide a diagnosis without a physical exam and x-ray of the tooth and surrounding area. It’s possible the pain is related to the deep cavity you had fixed two months ago; sometimes the cavity is so deep that the dental pulp and nerve eventually die, and it can take a while for the pain to surface. However, some other possible causes of sore teeth and jaw include grinding and clenching of teeth (during the day or night) and possible gum issues. Please see your dental provider as soon as you can to have the pain diagnosed.

  2. Hello! I had a filling done on the mesial of my lateral incisor. Everything seemed ok I went home and flossed my teeth. Something seemed to be stuck between the distal of my lateral incisor and my canine which I suspected to be dental material. It wouldn’t come out by flossing and after some time I flossed it again and there was a sharp pain from my gum line vertically upwards to the rest of my gums. I can’t tell if I damaged the gums or possibly cracked my tooth. Maybe even irritated the pulp? The lateral incisor sometimes pulsates. Flossing bring pain to my interdental papillae.

    1. Hi Helia,
      Unfortunately, I couldn’t tell you if the pain is originating from the gum or the tooth without a hands-on examination. It is hard to cause a crack in a healthy tooth with flossing unless the tooth is already weakened with cavities or already has a large filling. It is more likely that you may have caused some minor reversible damage to the gum with excess force during flossing. My advice is to book an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible so they can help you with whatever is stuck between your teeth and check to see what was causing the pain. In the mean time, do not try to force the floss through your teeth and rinse with warm salt water to help your gum heal.

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    Hi, my wisdom teeth are all in. They have no complications however one of them has decay and it broke. My dentist told me he doesn’t feel comfortable doing a filling on a wisdom tooth and wants to remove it. Do you think this is right? My teeth had gaps before my wisdom teeth and pushed them together. I’m worried my gaps will come back. What do you think I should do?

    1. Hi Kaitlind, cavities on wisdom teeth are usually more difficult to fix since they are further back in the mouth. The chance of getting cavities on the same wisdom tooth again after it is fixed is also higher since wisdom teeth tend to be difficult to keep clean. There is the risk of infection and abscess if cavities are not under control. In a lot of cases, it makes more sense to extract the wisdom teeth instead of keeping them.

      Gaps in teeth usually do not reappear after wisdom teeth are removed. But please talk to your dentist regarding your particular concerns.

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