Stop Tooth Decay with Sealants and Dental Fillings in Grande Prairie

Dental Fillings

If you have a decayed or cracked tooth that can be saved, a dental filling is the usual solution to save your tooth from even more deterioration. Regular dental checkups for you and your children help detect cavities early enough that a filling is a fairly quick and simple treatment. And if you have any type of tooth pain before your next checkup, make sure to schedule an appointment at Gateway Dentistry Group. Our office provides a choice of composite or amalgam dental fillings in Grande Prairie.

You can recognize a composite filling as being white and amalgam as a silver filling. Each type of filling material has its own advantages and disadvantages. Our dentist in Grande Prairie will be happy to discuss the details of both types of fillings with you in order to select the option better suited for your treatment needs.

What should you know about white composite fillings? Though they need replacing more often than silver fillings, here are some reasons patients choose a composite filling:

  • A white filling is more natural looking
  • The composite materials doesn’t stain the affected tooth
  • The filling sets quickly and may strengthen your tooth’s structure
  • Not being metallic, composite is less sensitive to cold and heat

Though they have some disadvantages being less aesthetic and more sensitive to temperature, you may consider a silver amalgam filling because of these advantages:

  • Amalgam holds up better under the force of biting and chewing
  • Generally silver amalgam lasts longer, 10 to 20 years
  • Amalgam performs better in back teeth
  • Silver amalgam fillings cost less than white composite fillings

Take Good Care of Your Filling

Though no filling can last forever, good dental care helps preserve your filling like it does all of your teeth. A filling won’t last long or do much good if you have tooth decay next to it. Keep your mouth healthy and your fillings longer by brushing and flossing twice a day. Keep up with your regular dental checkups so your dentist can evaluate the condition of not only your teeth but also your fillings.

If your dental filling falls out, see your dentist in Grande Prairie right away. Without its filling, your tooth is more prone to sensitivity, fracture and infection.


Before you need a filling, a dental sealant can be highly effective in preventing decay on tooth areas like deep pits on your molars. If you have deep groves in your teeth, the back one especially, sealants protect the depressions of your teeth from food particles that brushing and flossing can’t reach. A sealant is a tooth-coloured acrylic coating that is painted onto your teeth, acting as a barrier and protecting enamel from plaque and acids.

Easy to apply, sealants take only a few minutes to seal each tooth. Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and can last several years.

Sealants for Children and Adults

Children and adults can benefit from sealants, but they are the most effective after a child’s adult teeth have erupted. Adults with a high risk for tooth decay are also candidates for sealants in special circumstances. Consult with your dentist in Grande Prairie at Gateway Dentistry Group.

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