Acreview Dental Clinic

Composite Fillings in Courtenay Near Comox Valley

Composite Fillings Near You

At Acreview Dental, we are only using tooth-coloured composite filling material when placing fillings in our patients’ teeth. Composite fillings are mixture of tooth-coloured resins and glass particles for added strength. Composites are useful when trying to repair broken, worn, or fractured teeth; when repairing teeth with cavities; or when replacing silver amalgam fillings.

A composite filling is not always to the best solution for certain problems. In some cases where a fracture or cavity is affecting the nerve and strength of a tooth, we will sometimes recommend additional treatment like a root canal or a crown.

Below is a general breakdown of the steps involved in getting a dental filling:

1) Numbing the area – Before they officially get to work, your dentist will apply a local anesthetic to numb the region around your affected tooth. This will ensure that you don’t feel any pain and can stay comfortable

2) Removing decay – Next, a dental drill or laser is used to remove the unhealthy part of your tooth.

3) Cleaning the cavity – The space left behind once all the debris has been cleared away is thoroughly cleaned so that an infection can’t form in the future.

4) Applying the filling – The filling material is applied to the cavity. Your dentist will work with you to select the best form for your case. Alongside silver amalgam and composite resin, porcelain, and glass ionomer can also be used. When it’s in place, your dentist will make sure that it’s properly bonded to your tooth.

5) Polishing – Your dentist will smooth out any rough spots and polish your tooth to a nice shine. If you’ve received a tooth-colored filling, they will also check that it does blend in with your natural teeth.

6) Checking your bite – Lastly, your bite will be evaluated to make sure that the filling is properly aligned and that your teeth fit together properly.

Overall, obtaining a composite filling in Comox Valley usually takes about 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the extent of the decay and the size of the filling.

 If you feel like you have a cavity or require a filling please reach out by email, by phone or in person. Our front desk will be happy to arrange an appointment to have your tooth assessed and treated!