Dental fillings are a type of restoration that restores a decayed or fractured tooth to a state of health and function. They are also a frequently recommended solution for increased sensitivity caused by recession or acid erosion. There are different materials to suit individual budgets and aesthetic goals.
Signs that you may need a filling
Warning signs of tooth decay or damage include:
- Sensitivity to hot, cold, or sweet foods and beverages
- Pain when eating or biting down
If you experience any of the above, contact Horfield Dental Care to schedule a complete examination. Your dentist will check the tooth using advanced dental diagnostics to confirm whether or not a filling is necessary. If it is, prompt treatment is recommended, as decay can spread and destroy the nerve within your tooth, resulting in an abscess and potential tooth loss.
The filling procedure
Filling placement is a routine and straightforward dental procedure. Your dentist will numb the treatment area using a local anaesthetic before clearing away all broken or decayed parts of the tooth , once the tooth has been prepared and cleaned a high-quality filling material is carefully used to build up the tooth. Commonly used filling substances include:
- Composite : This popular filling type can be matched to your own tooth colour; known as white fillings for a more pleasing appearance.
- RMGI (Resin Modified Glass Ionomer): This tooth-coloured material can be applied quickly and easily, making it a good choice for children and others who might have difficulties tolerating a longer procedure.
- Gold: Gold fillings are comparatively expensive, but have the advantage of being gentle on sensitive gum tissues and kind to surrounding teeth
- Porcelain: Also known as inlays or onlays, porcelain fillings cover most of the tooth and create a natural, aesthetically desirable appearance.
- Amalgam: Durable and budget-friendly, amalgam fillings last an average of 10 years.
The filling material used will depend on the nature and extent of the tooth problem, as well as location, biting force, your medical history, and your own personal budget and preference.
After placing the filling, your dentist will check your bite and reshape the material if necessary. Once a proper fitting has been made, the filling will be polished to smooth its surface and make it look and feel natural.
To prevent tooth decay we recommend a healthy-balanced diet, brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and flossing at least once per day. If you are at high risk of developing dental decay, we may also recommend fluoride mouth rinses. From advice to full-service dental care, Horfield Dental Care is committed to looking after your healthy smile.
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