Dental Fillings

At our Edmonton dental clinic, our dentists use fillings to repair cavities and help restore tooth function and structure. 

Dental Fillings, Azarko Dental Group

What is a Dental Filling?

If your dentist finds a cavity or damage like a crack or fracture, they may recommend using a filling to repair it. There are both direct and indirect fillings, and your dentist will help you decide the right option for you.

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Direct Fillings

Direct fillings are fillings placed into a prepared cavity in a single visit.

If your dentist determines you need a filling, they will remove the decayed or damaged tooth material, clean the affected area, and then fill the cleaned out cavity with a filling material.

When only one tooth is affected by decay, the filling treatment can be completed in as little as one hour. 

Indirect Fillings

Inlays and onlays are indirect fillings that generally require two or more dental appointments. These fillings are fabricated outside of the mouth and then placed on a tooth by your dentist.  

Inlays

Larger than a direct filling, an inlay fills the space in between the cusps at the centre of the tooth's surface.

They can be made from either composite or porcelain, and are strong enough to be placed in front and back teeth.

Onlays

Onlays cover one or more cusps. In some cases, onlays cover the entire biting surface of a tooth.

In cases where a dental crown would be excessive, onlays will be used instead.

Typically dental onlays are more durable, and last longer, than a regular dental filling.

With proper care dental onlays can last for up to 30 years.

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