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 which have formed in teeth. These holes are caused by bacterial acids which eat through the tooth’s enamel layer.
Tooth fillings work to stop the decaying process and preserve the tooth. Because of this, 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 over time and expand the cavity, which will eventually lead to other work such as a root canal being necessary, or even destroying the tooth beyond the point of repair.
The location of your filling and the extent of any decay present will determine the path the dentist follows in providing you with a filling. They will decide this with you during your consultation.
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 and durability
Fillings help to stabilise the tooth’s structure
Fillings can last up to 7 to 10 years
Tooth coloured fillings also have a use for cosmetic purposes, not just a functional one. If a tooth has become decayed, particularly one at the front of the mouth, this will cause an unhealthy tooth to be visible when smiling or speaking.
Signs you may need a dental filling:
Dental fillings are normally required for one or several of 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 to lower your chances of having more cavities appear.
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
At Oracare, we also offer safe amalgam filling removal. Dental amalgam fillings, which can also be known as silver fillings, are a mix of mercury, tin, copper and silver filling materials. These fillings are very cheap to produce, and have been used in dentistry for a long time.
Whilst these fillings are rather reliable, durable, decay-resistant and less technique sensitive than modern composite fillings, they also run the risk of exposing the patient to mercury vapour and other dangerous chemicals over time as they wear.
When we remove amalgam fillings, we aim to replace them with a safer long term solution, namely the types of filling mentioned above.
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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 and provide high quality dental care to give you the best looking smile possible. Get in contact today.
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