Filling &



Colored Fillings

Dental fillings

At Montrose Dental all fillings are created to match the colouring of your teeth. Traditionally called composite fillings, our dental team employs a light to harden and color the filling material to fill a cavity space.

Modern composite fillings are quite strong and tend to be more aesthetic by blending in with the natural tooth color making fillings less noticeable.

Dental fillings are restorations made by dentists to restore and repair teeth that have been damaged by decay or cavities. The process involves removing the damaged or decayed portion of the tooth and filling the space with a restorative material. This helps to prevent further decay and restores the tooth’s functionality.

There are several types of materials used for dental fillings, each with its own advantages and considerations. The most common types of dental fillings include:

1. Composite Fillings: Made of a mixture of plastic resin and fine glass particles, composite fillings are tooth-colored and can be closely matched to the color of natural teeth. Composite fillings bond directly to the tooth and require less removal of healthy tooth structure compared to amalgam.

2. Amalgam Fillings: These are silver-colored fillings made from a combination of metals, including mercury, silver, tin, and copper. Amalgam fillings were very common in the past but are now being phased out in favour of composites due to their more conservative nature and better esthetic results.

3. Ceramic Fillings: Also known as inlays or onlays, ceramic fillings are made of porcelain or a composite material. They are tooth-colored and provide excellent aesthetics. Ceramic fillings are often used for larger restorations or in cases where strength and durability are important.

The choice of filling material depends on factors such as the extent of the decay, the location of the tooth, aesthetic considerations, and the patient’s preferences. We consider these factors to determine the most suitable filling material for each individual case. Regular dental check-ups and good oral hygiene practices can help prevent the need for fillings by addressing dental issues early on.


Extractions are required when a tooth has been damaged by decay or breakage. It is necessary when there is no way to save a tooth from deterioration. Classified as minor oral surgery, extractions are performed when the dentist has assessed the condition of a tooth and has recommended a method to restore the area of the affected tooth. Surgical extractions can be required when there is evidence in ex ray of the tooth being impacted.

Commonly wisdom teeth are recommended to be removed because they are impacted and will affect the position of molars. Shifting the jaw line and affecting the overall bite. The position of the tooth to be extracted affects the overall difficulty of the procedure. It is highly recommended a patient take care to rinse the mouth with salt water to ensure the extracted tooth area remain free of bacteria after removal minimum for 24hrs.

Dental extraction, also known as tooth extraction, is a procedure in which a tooth is removed from its socket in the jawbone. There are various reasons why a tooth may need to be extracted, including:

1. Decay or Cavities: Severe tooth decay that cannot be treated with a dental filling or crown may necessitate extraction.

2. Gum Disease: Advanced stages of periodontal (gum) disease can lead to loose teeth, and in some cases, extraction may be required.

3. Impacted Wisdom Teeth: Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, may become impacted (unable to fully emerge) or cause issues with neighboring teeth, requiring extraction.

4. Orthodontic Treatment: In some cases, teeth may need to be extracted to make room for the proper alignment of teeth during orthodontic treatment.

5. Infection: If a tooth becomes infected and the infection cannot be controlled with antibiotics or root canal treatment, extraction may be necessary to prevent the spread of infection.

6. Trauma or Injury: Teeth that are severely damaged due to trauma or injury may need to be extracted if they cannot be adequately repaired.

Extractions can be categorized into two main types:

1. Simple Extraction: This involves the removal of a tooth that is visible in the mouth. The dentist or oral surgeon uses instruments like forceps to grasp and loosen the tooth before extracting it.

2. Surgical Extraction: This is a more complex procedure used for teeth that cannot be removed in a simple manner. The teeth may be heavily restored or broken, impacted, or not fully erupted. It may involve an incision in the gum tissue and sometimes the removal of bone around the tooth.

It’s important to note that tooth extraction is typically considered a last resort, and dentists will explore other treatment options whenever possible to preserve natural teeth. After extraction, there are various replacement options, such as dental implants, bridges, or dentures, to restore the function and appearance of the missing tooth or teeth.

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