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Dental Fillings

Dental fillings in Calgary, AB restore function and appearance

It is no fun to have a cavity or toothache. Yet at Lake Chaparral Dental Care in Calgary, AB, getting dental fillings is fast and easy. Dr. Palka Sawhney Sharma and her team work hard to create positive experiences, so you can chew and smile with confidence.

When patients in Calgary, AB need fillings

Health Canada reports that by the age of 19, 59 percent of Canadians have an average of 2.5 teeth affected by tooth decay. Yet cavities are not only a childhood problem – they persist throughout adulthood. With early detection, most tooth decay can be treated with dental fillings.

In addition, you may need a filling to repair a chipped, cracked, or broken tooth. If you are a nail-biter or you clench and grind at night, Dr. Palka Sawhney Sharma may use a similar technique to build up teeth that have unusual wear. Dental filling material is also used for minor cosmetic enhancements like closing a gap between teeth or re-shaping a tooth.

Benefits of dental fillings

The primary purpose of a filling is to halt tooth decay, repair damage, and protect the tooth.

Here are some additional advantages of this restoration method:

  • Conservative – Dr. Palka Sawhney Sharma uses composite resin filling material. Since it is bonded into place, maximum healthy tooth structure is preserved. That means less drilling, a smaller filling, and a stronger tooth.
  • Economical – While a porcelain inlay, onlay, or crown may serve a similar purpose, a filling is usually the most affordable treatment option.

General Dentistry

General Dentistry near Calgary, AB

Fact or myth? If you have a cavity, you will know it. Myth, Mild tooth decay has no symptoms. Sensitivity begins to occur when the tooth decay is already causing damage to the nerve. Today’s dentistry prevents tooth decay with sealants and other conservative methods. Fact or myth? Sugar is the prime cause of cavities. A fact and also a myth. Acid is the main trigger in producing the bacteria that causes cavities. The bacteria is then fueled by the consumption of carbohydrates. Sugar is a trigger in cavities, but carbs as a whole are the main cause. Fact or myth? Cavities are the prime reason for root canals. Myth. Root canals are a result of nerve damage. And untreated cavity could lead to nerve damage, but root canals are on set by number of different factors. Facts on myth? Brushing and flossing are the best way to prevent cavities. Fact. Fact or myth? Expensive toothpastes are always better than cheaper ones. Myth. Different toothpastes are better for different teeth in situations. Sometimes moderately priced toothpaste can be more effective. Ask the dentist about what might be best for your teeth. And always look for the ADA seal of approval. Fact or myth? If a tooth is white, it must be healthy. Myth. Under the surface there may be cavities, problems with the root or other abnormalities. Fact or Myth? Teeth whitening is harmful because it damages enamel. Myth. There are many modern teeth whitening processes that have minimal harmful effects. Teeth whitening isn’t for every mouth or person though. Consult the dentist before you proceed with whitening treatments. Fact or myth? Dentists should be feared. Myth. With today’s advancements in technology and safety practices there is nothing to worry about. Procedures are as quick and painless as ever. Fact or myth? You should visit your dentists at least twice a year. FACT.

  • Natural appearance – Filling material is matched to the color of your own dentition, so it blends seamlessly with your smile. Most people who see you smile will not realize you had a tooth repaired.
  • Strong and durable – Modern composite fillings withstand even the bite force on molars. With good oral habits, a dental filling may last many years.
  • Comfortable procedure – With local anesthetic, treatment is well-tolerated. In addition, filling material is hardened with a curing light so you may eat normally once the numbing wears off.

If you think you may have a cavity, please don’t delay. Call Lake Chaparral Dental Care at (403) 768-2271 to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Palka Sawhney Sharma, a graduate from the University of Alberta Neuroscience program, received Dental training at University of Alberta in Edmonton and went on to complete a two-year residency at Albert Einstein Medical Centre in Philadelphia, PA (United States). While at Albert Einstein Medical Centre she served as chief resident for a year. In this prestigious program, she took additional training in implantology, oral surgery, cosmetic services, and general dentistry.

Dr. Jay's passion for dentistry began in middle school when she selected the topic "teeth whitening agents" for a science fair competition. She considered dentists as artists who could improve smiles, increase confidence, and create beneficial changes in people's lives from an early age.

Dr. Jay pursued her passion of becoming a dentist in Gold Coast, Australia, where she earned a Master of Dentistry degree from Griffith University. Her enthusiasm for dentistry and sympathetic attitude drives her to make your dental visit as peaceful and comfortable as possible.

She enjoys educating patients about the significance of oral health and is dedicated to expanding her knowledge of the most recent dental innovations to provide outstanding care to her patients. Dr. Jay finds it tremendously satisfying to alleviate dental anxiety while ensuring your trust is always in excellent hands.

Patient Success Stories

"The staff were super friendly and welcoming my first time there. Janelle and Dr Palka did a thorough job and I will definitely be returning. My almost 3 year old also came for a happy visit and she loved it, they did so well making her comfortable and happy!" More Stories