One of the more common procedures in general dentistry, which most people are familiar with, is dental fillings. However, due to advancements in the way fillings can be carried out, they're no longer restricted to having a grey, metallic appearance, and can now be designed to look far more natural and discreet.
Whichever option you choose, your dentist will certainly ensure the quality and fit of your filling, resulting in a comfortable, practical solution to a broken or damaged tooth.
Why might I need a filling?
Fillings are often recommended if you have a cracked, decayed or damaged tooth, but a significant portion of the tooth is still healthy enough to house a filling.
Upon your individual consultation, your dentist will make sure you're aware of all the options available to you, as well as thoroughly explaining the process in your treatment plan and recommending a solution to suit your needs.
How does a filling work?
If, after a thorough consultation, your dentist recommends you have a filling performed, they will take you through every step of the treatment to ensure you're happy with the process.
You'll be able to choose the most appropriate style of filling for your needs. These include:
- Amalgam - a silver-coloured metal, the traditional choice for fillings
- Composite or white - this option uses tooth-coloured resin to subtly blend the filling with the rest of your teeth
- Gold - providing a gold-coloured finish
- Porcelain - this option gives a strong, tooth-coloured finish that is virtually unnoticeable
During your treatment, your dentist will make sure the area that requires a filling is numbed, so you shouldn't feel any discomfort during the process. Once numb, any damage, decay or other signs of weakness in the area in question will be rectified, before your dentist begins to prepare the area for your chosen type of filling.
Once the tooth is clean, dry and properly prepared to host the filling, the filling material is placed. Your dentist will ensure that the filling is properly and comfortably fitted, then the filling will be shaped and smoothed to ensure it fits seamlessly with the rest of your teeth.
You shouldn't be able to feel any difference in your teeth once your filling has been fitted. Your dentist will take steps to ensure your mouth feels comfortable once again, leaving you to enjoy food and drinks that may have previously caused you concern.
If you think that you may require a filling, please contact our practice to arrange a patient consultation, or to have any queries answered by our friendly team.Book an Appointment