Tooth & Cavity Fillings

Let’s restore your teeth to their original condition.

Rebuilding your smile

Fillings or restorations can help us rebuild your teeth and restore your smile. Whether you come in with a chipped tooth, a cavity or to repair a broken tooth, a restoration is a pretty common procedure and is usually painless.

Most of the time, our Keys team can restore your teeth using a tooth coloured composite resin. For larger restorations we prefer to use a porcelain or gold material. Both are strong enough to cover the tooth and prevent any further damage.

Zero to smiling in under 60 minutes

Restoration appointments usually take between 20 and 60 minutes, depending on how many restorations we’re doing.

We start with a local anaesthetic, then we isolate the tooth with a sheet of rubber. This keeps the tooth dry and ensures that your airway stays clear. Then we get to work!

Filling in the gaps with FAQs!

Can I eat after having a filling?Icons/Icon_ArrowDown_48x48_Grey

We use a bright blue light to set resin restorations. It takes just seconds to dry, and then the tooth is ready. Just watch out for your numb lip!

I had a filling the other day; why is it sensitive now?Icons/Icon_ArrowDown_48x48_Grey

A little bit of sensitivity can be expected. But it usually resolves itself within 1 to 2 weeks. Your dentist will check your bite but the best measure of how well your restoration fits, is your feedback.

When you are numb it can be hard for you to tell if the tooth feels comfortable. So you will only really know when the anaesthetic wears off. If it feels sensitive to you, it might need adjustment.

What if the filling is touching before other teeth?Icons/Icon_ArrowDown_48x48_Grey

Once the local anaesthetic wears off, if it feels like your new filling is touching before other teeth do, let us know so we can adjust it. If left untreated, this can become very sensitive as the nerve in the tooth gets quite angry. Let’s not make angry teeth!

When decay has burrowed deep toward the nerve or if an old filling is removed that was very deep and close to the nerve, it is possible that the nerve in the tooth may be irreversibly damaged.

Your dentist may be able to see if this is likely when reviewing your radiographs. If this is the case, then we will warn you, so we can discuss treatment options before getting started.