People go to the dentists for many reasons: some meticulously schedule appointments every six months, others only go when they are in pain and cannot eat or talk properly. However, no matter the reason why you might find yourself in the doctor’s chair, chances are that at one point or another you might have to get a filling. You should not be worried, because it’s one of the most common procedures, it’s almost painless and it helps you restore your oral health without requiring a lot of money. Ottawa oral hygiene experts recommend fillings in two situations: when the tooth has been affected by a cavity or when it has been broken or worn down by mechanical damage (usually when the patient falls or bites into something very hard, but also when the patients bites their nails or grinds their teeth for a prolonged period of time).


In the past, people didn’t have too many options when it came to fillings, but now professional dentists use a wide range of materials that cater for both aesthetic and structural concerns. For example, if you don’t like the way gold or silver look, you can go for Ottawa dental white fillings, which blend it perfectly with the rest of the teeth. They are especially recommended if you have chipped your front teeth and want to conceal the issue in a subtle way. No one can say if a specific type of material is recommended for everyone, because it all depends on your budget and dental problems. For example, some materials can last for up to 15 years, while other last only five, but look exactly like real teeth. Before you choose a material, ask your dentist for recommendations, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of every type of material.


Of course, material should not be a concern when talking about temporary fillings. Like the name would suggest, they are meant to stay on the tooth only for a few days, usually to help alleviate pain or as part of a complex dental intervention. Proper maintenance is essential if you want your filling to last for as long as possible. Without good dental hygiene, the filling could crack or fall or you could cause worse dental problems. Basically, the fact that you’ve had a portion of your tooth replaced does not excuse you from taking care of your teeth. In fact, you should be all the more careful. Make sure you use a good fluoride toothpaste, floss your teeth meticulously and use mouthwash every day. Regular checkups are obligatory and you should not wait more than six months to see your dentist, even if you do not have any symptoms during this time. Last, not least, change your dentists if you feel that your current one is not up to date with the latest dental technologies. At Kent Dental Clinic, you will be helped by a team of experts who know everything about dental hygiene and use state of the art equipment for a variety of oral issues.