Dr. Richard Kofsky

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Dental Filling

To treat a Dental FilliNG , a dentist removes the decayed portion of the tooth and then “fills” the area of the tooth from which the decayed material was taken. Dental filling refers to the substance used to fill in this space in the tooth. Dental fillings are also used to repair cracked or broken teeth and teeth that have been worn down from misuse, such as teeth grinding or nail biting.

What are cavities?

Over time, the enamel on our teeth can erode through improper hygiene or even regular daily use. Permanently damaged teeth can form small holes, or “cavities.” Cavities are holes in the teeth that can grow deeper or bigger over time.

What causes cavities?

Cavities are often caused by repeated exposure to carbohydrate-rich foods (breads, cereals, milk, soda, fruit, sugar, etc.). Even with proper dental hygiene, cavities can still arise due to normal changes in the mouth as we age, such as changes in the gum line or harmful mouth bacteria. If left untreated, these cavities deteriorate over time, leading to toothaches, structural damage and more expensive procedures to treat bigger health problems down the line.

How do you get rid of a cavity?

There is no way to reverse or get rid of a cavity once it has formed. This is because a cavity is a permanent hole in the tooth. Once the tooth has been permanently damaged with a cavity, the only treatment option is to see a dental specialist for a filling treatment.

What is a dental filling?

A dental filling or dental restoration is a procedure where a cavity is fixed by removing any portions of damaged tooth and replacing them with a composite material that strengthens the tooth and contours to its original structure.

Is getting a dental filling painful or long?

Burnaby Dental Specialists provide quick, easy and pain free procedures for dental fillings and dental restorations that will make you smile. The process for dental fillings involves first preparing the teeth and then inserting the dental restoration. We will first make sure you will feel no pain by injecting a small amount of numbing solution near the affected tooth. Once the tooth has been prepared, your Burnaby Dental Specialists will remove any areas of dental decay or any parts of the tooth that are structurally unstable. We will then place a soft and malleable material into the tooth to restore the tooth to its original shape and structure. This material may be made of gold, porcelain, dental composites, amalgam or glass ionomer cement, depending on the patient’s needs and budget. We provide both low priced dental filling options as well as high end dental restoration solutions.

How to prevent cavities?

At Burnaby Dental Specialists, we are committed to treating the root cause of the problem before it becomes a problem. Whether or not you have a cavity, preventative care is the lowest priced option for preventing cavities from developing in the future. The easiest way to prevent cavities is to schedule routine check ups, exams and dental cleanings with Burnaby Dental Specialists. In addition to offering a free teeth cleaning for new patients, we will make sure you leave our office with the education and tools you need to maintain your beautiful smile and prevent cavities from occurring. **Link to Dental Cleanings page here.

If you are in need of a dental exam or suspect you may have a cavity, call us today. Our friendly, Patient Coordinators will work with you to listen to your concerns, diagnose your problem, create a detailed treatment plan to resolve your issue and work with your insurance to get you the lowest price available for the highest quality dental care in Burnaby.

Common Dental Emergency we Treat at our Bunaby Dental Clinic

MY TOOTH GOT KNOCKED OUT
  • Rinse the mouth with warm water, avoid touching the area.
  • Try to place tooth back in socket without touching the root.
  • Preserve the tooth in milk. Use a tooth preservation kit or a small plastic container or a zip lock bag.
  •  Call (604)522-9818 and explain to the Burnaby Dentist or staff at Generation Dental Clinic
CRACKED, CHIPPED, BROKEN OR FRACTURED TOOTH.
  • Immediately rinse with warm water, and clean the area.
  • Use a cold pack on your face to keep the swelling down.
  •  Call (604)522-9818 and explain to the Burnaby  Dentist or staff at Generation Dental Clinic
BROKEN JAW
  • First control the swelling. Use a cold pack.
  •  Call (604)522-9818 and explain to Our Burnaby Dentist or staff at Generation Dental Clinic
  • If it is severe, Call 911 or go to the nearest hospital immediately.
TOOTHACHE
  • Rinse your mouth with warm water.
  • Use the floss to remove any food struck in between the teeth.
  • If you are existing patient, and if it is after hours, Dr. Richard Kofsky can prescribe some pain medicine.
  •  Call (604)522-9818 and explain to our Burnaby  Dentist or staff at Generation Dental Clinic
LOST CROWN
  • Do your best to preserve it, even in pieces, and bring it to our office
  • Try not to chew on the side of your mouth with the damaged tooth
  • If you eat any food, rinse with warm water afterwards.
  •  Call (604)522-9818 and explain to our Burnaby Dentist or staff at Generation Dental Clinic
SITUATION IS WORSE
  • If you experience severe pain or trauma, please do not hesitate to go to your nearest hospital or emergency room immediately. If you can’t drive or nobody else is available, call 911.

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