Dental Fillings

When Do You Require a Dental Filling?

Bacteria living in your mouth consume sugar and produce acid that rots your teeth. This bacteria wears down layers of your teeth and may eventually reach sensitive nerves if left untreated. Leaving bacteria to thrive for too long will often lead to a painful cavity. If you do have a cavity, you may experience toothaches, swelling, and temperature sensitivity while chewing or drinking.

The Railway City Dental Filling Process

One of our skilled dentists will apply a numbing agent to the affected tooth and surrounding area to ensure you remain comfortable throughout the procedure. We also offer a range of sedation options for those with anxiety or who are worried the procedure may be too uncomfortable.

Once the numbing agent has taken effect, teeth are then prepared by removing all decayed or affected portions. Following this, we will apply an adhesive material to help the filling bond to your tooth. We then use a strong dental material to restore the tooth’s original size, proportion, and function. Our high-powered curing light is then used to fully set it within just 20 seconds. Once fully cured, our fillings can last for many years when proper dental hygiene is sustained.

Do Dental Fillings Hurt?

No, through our strategic use of numbing agents and in some cases, sedation, we can guarantee your comfort throughout the entire dental filling procedure. You may feel some minor discomfort for a day or two after your appointment in rare instances. This can be effectively treated with basic pain management options like Tylenol or Advil.

Which Type of Filling is Best for You?

Everyone has unique needs for their oral health, which is why Railway City Dental offers all types of restorative fillings. These material options include:


White dental composite fillings are extremely durable and will give you a long-lasting, beautiful smile. These fillings are the ideal option when the affected area is relatively clean, as the composite must be free of any blood or saliva to properly bond to the tooth. Dental composite fillings can be closely matched to the colour of your existing teeth and are more aesthetically suited for use in the most visible areas of your mouth.

Silver Amalgam

Silver amalgam is often chosen as a filling option since it is effective and maintains its strength for many years. This material is commonly used on molars as they must withstand extreme force while you eat. This option is also ideal when the filling is required beneath the gums, or the cavity is significant.

How Long Will Your Filling Last?

The filling option that is used for your procedure will impact how long it is expected to last. The filling will break down much faster if plaque bacteria reach the bond between the filling and tooth. These fillings can remain supportive for many years with a proper dental hygiene routine and professional care.