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A dental filling is used to fill hole formations in your tooth called cavities, or if you have chipped or damaged your tooth in some way.
At Diamond Dental, we will check for tooth damage and cavities during your checkups with us. Nevertheless, you may suspect that your tooth needs filling because its feeling too sensitive or its experienced a recent trauma.
It’s important to get an affected tooth treated as early as possible in order to prevent further damage, leading to the cavity further deteriorating and causing fractures, bad breath and infections, or ultimately, losing the tooth altogether.
Your dentist will be able to assess the work required to prepare for your filling and this may include drilling the affected tooth to remove decay.
We use a number of filling materials types, and each come with their own advantages and disadvantages.
These are essentially tooth-coloured fillings that are designed to match your own teeth. The rotten or decayed part of the tooth will be removed and filled with the composite filling. Our dentists will help you decide on the right shade that matches your own teeth.
These fillings form chemical links with the tooth and excrete fluoride, which helps prevent tooth decay. This type of filling is not as robust as the composite filling and is commonly used on baby teeth and non-biting surfaces on the tooth such as the ‘neck’ of the teeth.
How Dental Fillings Work
The most common reasons fillings are used is to fill cavities in the teeth. Fillings can also be used to repair fractures, cracks and chips.
Before your treatment, your dentist will use local anaesthetic to numb your teeth and surrounding areas including the gums to avoid any pain or discomfort.
Any decay is then drilled out and then the hole filled with the filling. The actual process of administering the filling itself only takes a few short minutes, but depending on the work needed to prep the tooth will determine the length of the treatment.
After the treatment if finished, your mouth will still feel numb for a few hours.
The benefits of composite dental fillings
- Can stop further decay building in the tooth
- Can restore tooth to its normal function and appearance
- Can reinforce structure of tooth that is fragile due to damage or cavity
- Can strengthen a fractured that may have been caused by an accident
- Fillings on front teeth will seamlessly blend in with your other teeth
- Help your teeth seem better and more enhanced
Dental Fillings FAQs
These are the most common types of fillings. It’s only a good idea to replace these if they have cracked or worn out. Our composite fillings are generally recommended because not only do they last longer, they won’t need to be replaced due to wear and tear like the silver fillings.
Our composite fillings will never cause sensitivity, but occasionally you may experience some sensations. Drinking hot or cold drinks will not cause any discomfort.
Tooth coloured fillings are created from composite resin, which is great for fixing chips or other aesthetic problems inside the mouth. These fillings can also fix enamel damage or discolouration and seal gaps that can occur from general wear and tear.
Usually an hour, but this is dependent on your needs at the time.
This all depends on the size of the cavity that’s been filled. Its normal to be able to eat after the procedure without experiencing any discomfort, but we usually advise our patients to wait for a few hours to allow the anaesthesia to wear off .
Your composite fillings should remain tooth coloured for a long time, in most cases, lifetime!
There are many options at Diamond Dental including silver, amalgam, and our favourite, tooth coloured. We can also offer glass, ceramic and even gold!