Tooth coloured dental fillings to repair the look and function of a damaged tooth
The aim of composite resin dental fillings is to repair both the look and function of a tooth that has been damaged by decay.
What is a dental filling?
Dental fillings are used to fill cavities and small holes caused by bacterial acids which eat through the tooth’s enamel layer.
It’s important to visit the dentist regularly to have any cavities filled, as leaving them will allow acids to eat through more of the tooth and expand the cavity, eventually destroying the tooth.
Fillings work to stop the decaying process and preserve the tooth.
Benefits of tooth coloured fillings:
There are many benefits to using tooth coloured resin fillings for dental restorations, including:
Colour-matched to your smile, making them blend in
Composite resin fillings maintain strength, durability and stabilise tooth structure
Fillings can last up to 7 to 10 years
Signs you may need a dental filling:
Dental fillings are normally required due to the following reasons:
Sensitivity may be a sign of a cavity
Suffering from tooth pain
The dental filling process:
To begin the procedure, the dentist will administer a local anaesthetic to numb the area. This may not be necessary if the filling is very small, however it’s used to reduce discomfort and stop pain.
The dentist will then begin removing all the decay using dental drills. Once the decayed tooth is fully removed, it may require more drilling to ensure the shape will fit a filling.
Finally, a composite resin will be placed into the cavity and hardened. The filling will be shaped to ensure a correct fit and bite to guarantee the longevity of the filling. You will also have the filling polished and smoothed.
How to take care of a dental filling?
After receiving a dental filling, it’s important to take care of it just like any other natural tooth. Make sure to keep up with good dental hygiene to ensure your smile stays healthy and you have a lower chance of more cavities.
You can generally eat immediately after receiving a composite resin filling.
Dental filling alternatives for damaged teeth:
If you have a tooth that is too badly damaged for a general filling, you may require one of the following:
Inlay or onlay
Contact Oracare in Cleveland QLD
If you’re due for a check-up and clean, or require a dental filling then please book an appointment with Oracare. We can prevent your tooth from decaying further. Get in contact today.
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