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FAQ 41-60: basic dental services covered by CDCP - fillings

 1. What are dental fillings?

Dental fillings are materials used to repair teeth damaged by decay, fractures, or other structural issues. They restore the tooth's function, shape, and integrity.

2. What types of dental fillings are commonly used in Canada?

Common types of dental fillings in Canada include amalgam (silver), composite resin (tooth-colored), gold, and porcelain. Each has distinct advantages and considerations.

3. How long do dental fillings last?

The lifespan of dental fillings varies. Amalgam fillings are durable and can last 10-15 years, while composite fillings typically last around 5-10 years. Gold and porcelain fillings may endure longer.

4. What factors influence the choice of dental filling material?

Factors such as the extent of tooth decay, the location of the filling, aesthetic preferences, and budget considerations influence the choice of dental filling material.

5. Are dental fillings in Canada covered by insurance?

Dental insurance policies in Canada may cover a portion of the cost of dental fillings. The extent of coverage depends on the specific insurance plan.

6. Can dental fillings cause sensitivity?

Sensitivity after a dental filling is common but usually temporary. It may occur due to the tooth's response to the procedure, and it often resolves on its own.

7. How is the procedure for getting a dental filling done in Canada?

The process involves removing the decayed or damaged tooth structure, cleaning the area, and filling the cavity with the chosen material. The dentist ensures a proper fit and bite.

8. Are there any risks associated with dental fillings?

While complications are rare, potential risks include allergic reactions to materials, tooth sensitivity, and the possibility of the filling loosening or falling out over time.

9. Can dental fillings be replaced?

Yes, dental fillings can be replaced if they are damaged, worn, or if there are new issues with the tooth. Regular dental check-ups help assess the condition of existing fillings.

10. Is there any post-treatment care required after getting a dental filling?

Maintaining good oral hygiene practices, regular dental check-ups, and avoiding excessive pressure on the filled tooth contribute to the longevity of dental fillings.

11. Do dental fillings affect the appearance of teeth?

The impact on appearance depends on the type of filling. Tooth-colored fillings, such as composite resin, blend seamlessly with natural teeth, providing a more aesthetically pleasing result.

12. Can dental fillings be done on children in Canada?

Yes, dental fillings can be performed on children. Pediatric dentists consider factors like the child's age, the extent of decay, and the type of filling material suitable for young patients.

13. What is the cost of dental fillings in Canada?

The cost varies based on factors like the type of filling material, the complexity of the procedure, and geographic location. Generally, composite fillings tend to be more expensive than amalgam.

14. Are there any alternatives to traditional dental fillings?

Alternatives include inlays, onlays, and crowns. These options may be recommended based on the size and location of the cavity, providing additional reinforcement to the tooth.

15. Can dental fillings stain or discolor over time?

While materials like composite resin are resistant to staining, amalgam fillings may darken slightly. Regular oral hygiene practices and professional cleanings help maintain the appearance of fillings.

16. What should be done if a dental filling falls out or becomes loose?

Contacting a dentist promptly is crucial. Avoid chewing on the affected side, and if possible, keep the lost filling for evaluation by the dentist.

17. Is there a specific age limit for receiving dental fillings?

Dental fillings can be performed at any age, provided the patient has teeth with decay or damage that requires restoration. The appropriateness is assessed on a case-by-case basis.

18. Can dental fillings lead to complications with other dental procedures?

In general, properly placed dental fillings should not interfere with other dental procedures. Dentists consider existing fillings when planning additional treatments.

19. Do dental fillings require any special care or maintenance?

Routine oral care practices, including brushing, flossing, and regular dental check-ups, are essential for maintaining the health and longevity of dental fillings.

20. Can dental fillings be done for cosmetic reasons in Canada?

Yes, dental fillings can be used for cosmetic purposes, such as closing gaps between teeth or reshaping minor imperfections. Aesthetic considerations are discussed with the dentist during the consultation.

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