Bonded Fillings (White Fillings)

There are several different reasons we may recommend a filling. A filling may be necessary if decay has formed in a tooth, if a filling needs to be replaced, or if a tooth has cracked or been damaged.


What is a bonded filling?

A bonded filling, also known as a “white filling”, is a commonly used filling that is made of a composite resin. It is similar in colour to your teeth. This type of filling blends in more naturally with your teeth in contrast to traditional silver amalgam fillings.

How will I know if a bonded filling is right for me?

A bonded filling is the best choice when the cavity to be filled covers only a small area and is not exposed to a lot of force. If the cavity to be filled covers a large area or is on a molar and you grind your teeth, a bonded filling may not be the best option. If you require a filling, our experienced and caring team will explain your options and help you decide if a bonded filling is the best choice for you.

What will happen at my bonded filling appointment?

If a new cavity has been discovered that needs filling, our skilled team will begin by placing a local anaesthetic to the area. Once the anaesthetic has taken effect, we will carefully remove all decay from the tooth, using very precise instruments.

After the decay is completely removed from the tooth, we will prepare the tooth for the filling by etching the surface of the tooth. This will allow the filling to bond completely to the surface of the tooth.

Once the filling is bonded to the tooth, we will complete the procedure by polishing the surface of the filling so that the texture is similar to the surface of your tooth.


What can I expect after my bonded filling is placed?

After the local anaesthetic wears off, most patients will not notice anything out of the ordinary. As long as the anaesthetic has completely worn off, you can eat and drink as usual.

If you have any questions about bonded fillings or any other dental procedure, contact our knowledgeable team at Downtown Dental of Hamilton.


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