Fillings are the most common treatment in dentistry that are used to repair a tooth or teeth that have been affected by decay, fractures, or crack in order to treat the tooth. The affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a tooth covered filling material. Once it is set your fillings will feel like your natural tooth. However, post-treatment care instructions will be given to you to ensure you properly maintain the health of the tooth and keep the filling intact.
Keep Your Smile Strong with Dental Fillings
When Are Fillings Needed?
It is important to note that fillings are not appropriate for teeth with large cavities, in which your dentist will discuss alternative restorative treatments. Patients may to get fillings for issues including,
- Decaying teeth
- Worn-down teeth
- Closing a small gap between teeth
- Broken or cracked tooth or teeth
- Chipped tooth
Fillings help to restore the shape and strength of a tooth while protecting the existing structure from further damage. Most commonly, these issues are found during a regular dental check-up and can be treated as soon as possible.
How are Fillings Placed?
When having a filling the procedure itself is a simple and efficient one that doesn’t take very long. Depending on the patient, your dentist will numb the area with a local anaesthetic if needed, before a small drill is used to remove all the decay and clean out the area. Once the area is cleaned, the space in the tooth is filled with a special material that covers the hole.
There are many types of filling materials available so before any treatment, our dentist will discuss the best option for restoring your teeth. Composite fillings are the most common and widely used today fillings as composite fillings are tooth coloured. Your dentist will match the filling with the colour of your existing teeth, to look like your natural tooth colour.
Keeping Your Fillings Strong
As with any dental restoration, composite fillings are not permanent and may eventually need to be replaced. If possible, try to avoid sugary drinks, biscuits and sweets as sugar wreaks havoc on our teeth. To ensure your fillings last, Dr Mortazaee will advise you on how to best look after your fillings and teeth. Along with regular check-ups, your new fillings will last many years, giving you a long-lasting, smile and protection of your teeth.