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What Are Dental Fillings?
Dental fillings are restorative dental materials used to repair and restore teeth that have been damaged by decay (cavities) or other forms of dental trauma. These fillings serve a dual purpose: they remove the decayed or damaged portion of the tooth and then fill the resulting cavity to prevent further decay and restore the tooth’s function and appearance.
Dental fillings can be made from various materials, including amalgam (silver-coloured), composite resin (tooth-coloured), porcelain, or gold, and the choice often depends on factors like the location of the tooth and cosmetic considerations.
Who Needs Dental Fillings?
Dental fillings are needed by individuals who have teeth with cavities or other forms of dental damage. Here are some common situations where dental fillings may be necessary:
Cavities: Dental fillings are most commonly used to treat cavities (dental caries) caused by tooth decay. When bacteria in the mouth produce acid that eats away at the tooth enamel, it results in cavities. Fillings help restore the damaged tooth structure.
Chipped or Fractured Teeth: Teeth can chip or fracture due to accidents, trauma, or biting on hard objects. Fillings can repair minor to moderate damage and restore the tooth’s shape and function.
Worn Tooth Surfaces: Teeth may develop worn surfaces over time due to grinding (bruxism) or abrasive toothbrushing. Fillings can rebuild and strengthen these areas.
Tooth Sensitivity: Sensitive teeth with exposed dentin (the layer beneath the enamel) can benefit from fillings, which cover and protect the sensitive areas.
Cosmetic Concerns: Some people choose fillings for cosmetic reasons, such as filling small gaps between teeth, improving the appearance of discoloured teeth, or reshaping irregular tooth surfaces.
Replacing Old Fillings: Old or damaged fillings may need replacement to maintain tooth health and function. Modern materials can provide better aesthetics and durability.
Preventive Sealants: Dental sealants are a type of filling used on the chewing surfaces of molars and premolars to prevent decay in the deep grooves of these teeth, especially in children and adolescents.
The Benefits of Fillings
Dental fillings offer several important benefits for individuals with cavities or tooth damage. Here are some of the key advantages of dental fillings:
Restoration of Tooth Structure: Dental fillings restore the lost or damaged tooth structure, helping to maintain the tooth’s strength and integrity.
Pain Relief: Fillings are used to treat toothaches and sensitivity caused by cavities or dental trauma. They help alleviate pain and discomfort.
Prevention of Further Decay: Fillings seal off the cavity or damaged area, preventing the progression of decay. This can help avoid more extensive dental treatments in the future.
Improved Tooth Function: After receiving a filling, a tooth can resume its normal function, including biting and chewing. This ensures that you can eat comfortably and effectively.
Enhanced Appearance: Tooth-coloured composite resin fillings blend seamlessly with natural teeth, providing a more aesthetically pleasing result compared to traditional amalgam (silver) fillings.
Minimal Tooth Sensitivity: Fillings can reduce tooth sensitivity by covering exposed dentin or repairing enamel damage.
Preservation of Tooth Structure: Unlike more extensive treatments like dental crowns or extractions, fillings require minimal removal of tooth structure, preserving as much of the natural tooth as possible.
Quick and Convenient: The process of getting a dental filling is typically quick and can often be completed in a single dental appointment.
Long-Lasting: Dental fillings made from high-quality materials can last for many years with proper care and maintenance.
Preventive Dental Care: In some cases, such as with dental sealants on children’s molars, fillings can be used as a preventive measure to protect teeth from future decay.
Cost-Effective: Dental fillings are a cost-effective solution for treating cavities and minor tooth damage, especially when compared to more complex dental procedures.
Improved Oral Health: By addressing cavities and dental damage, fillings contribute to overall oral health and help prevent more serious dental problems.
The Process of Getting Fillings
The process of getting dental fillings typically involves the following steps:
Diagnosis: The process begins with a dental examination. Our dentist will visually inspect your teeth and may use X-rays to identify cavities or areas of tooth damage that require fillings.
Anaesthesia: If the tooth needing the filling is sensitive or if the filling procedure is likely to cause discomfort, our dentist may administer a local anaesthetic to numb the area. This ensures that you won’t feel pain during the procedure.
Tooth Preparation: Once the tooth is numb, the dentist will use a dental drill or laser to remove the decayed or damaged portion of the tooth. The tooth is then cleaned and prepared for the filling.
Filling Material Selection: Depending on the location of the tooth and your dentist’s recommendation, a suitable filling material is chosen. Common options include tooth-coloured composite resin, amalgam (silver), porcelain, or gold.
Filling Placement: The chosen filling material is placed into the prepared tooth cavity. For tooth-coloured composite fillings, the material is applied in layers and each layer is cured (hardened) with a special light. The dentist carefully shapes and contours the filling to match the natural tooth’s anatomy.
Bite Check: After the filling is placed, your dentist will check your bite to ensure that it is even and comfortable. Adjustments may be made if necessary.
Final Polishing: The filling is polished to a smooth finish to enhance its appearance and to ensure that it doesn’t interfere with your bite.
Post-Procedure Instructions: Our dentist will provide post-procedure instructions, which may include information on caring for the filled tooth, avoiding certain foods or habits, and any potential side effects to watch for.
Recovery: Recovery from a dental filling procedure is usually quick. You can resume normal activities and eating once the numbness wears off.
Follow-Up: The dentist may schedule a follow-up appointment to ensure the filling is functioning correctly and to monitor your oral health.
Why Choose Anderson & Broadberry Dental Care for Fillings?
White fillings can sometimes develop discolouration over time due to staining from food and beverages, wear and tear, and the natural aging of the filling material. It is important to practice good oral hygiene, limit the consumption of staining substances, and maintain regular dental check-ups to minimise the risk of discolouration. If you notice any discolouration, consult with our dentist for an evaluation and appropriate steps to restore the natural appearance of the filling. Regular dental visits are essential for early detection and intervention.
The time required for a tooth-coloured filling can vary depending on the size and location of the cavity. In general, the procedure can be completed in a single dental visit, lasting approximately 30 minutes to an hour.
While tooth-coloured fillings may not be as resistant to wear and tear as silver amalgam fillings, they offer sufficient durability and strength for most cases. With proper care and regular dental check-ups, they can last for many years.
Tooth-coloured fillings can experience slight staining over time, especially if exposed to highly pigmented substances like coffee, tea, or tobacco. However, regular dental cleanings and maintaining good oral hygiene can help minimise staining and keep the fillings looking their best.
Yes, white fillings, also known as composite resin fillings, can be used on back teeth. They are a versatile and aesthetic option for restoring cavities in both front and back teeth. White fillings blend seamlessly with natural tooth colour, providing a cosmetically pleasing and functional solution. Our dentist can determine the most suitable filling material based on your specific dental needs and preferences.
I recently had to have root canal , Gillene and Sharon were great. They made sure I was ok all the way through each appointment, and put me at ease with what was a very long procedure.Gillene is very professional and good at what she does and Sharon is friendly and helps to try and keep your mind off whats happening.
I was very nervous and the dentist put me at ease and made me feel very comfortable. She explained every step of the treatment so there was no surprises. Did everything in her power to help me and am very grateful for all she did and recommend to everyone. Thank you very much.
I joined this dental practice last month after succumbing to pain and a broken back tooth. It's been (i'm ashamed to say) a good few years since i've had a check up, and from my first appointment i felt totally at ease, all the staff are lovely. Had a mighty filling today, and Sinead and the girls (sorry i didn’t catch their names) were brilliant! So nice to have found somewhere like this. Highly recommend!
Been to this dentist since I’ve grown up, many years, however recently had Sophie and Sharon doing my treatment, I had a extraction treatment and both of these dentists put me at ease, they helped my nerves, talked me through the process and was very professional and gave advice on quitting smoking and help. credit to them due. Thank you Sharon and Sophie.
From emergency appointments to fillings and root canal treatment, each visit I’ve had to Anderson and Broadberry has always been positive. This has been a result of the professionalism and genuine care for patients from the members of staff that work at the practice. I’d like to specifically thank Sophie and Sharon for making each appointment go smoothly keeping me calm when carrying out dental procedures and ensuring they’re as pain free as possible.
Been coming here for years and have always been satisfied with the treatment and staff whom are all really friendly and professional too . On a recent visit I paid for some treatment which didn’t work how it should have , but I want to say thank you for all the help in rectifying the problem from all the staff . I would also like to mention a gentleman called Iain cowie whom kept in touch through both text and calls to see if everything was working out as it should be . Once again thank you for the professional treatment which I received.
Absolutely 1st class care, treatment & friendliness.I am not easy to please usually but for the 1st time in a lot of yrs i found the dentist a real pleasureable experience. I must say Ioin & Caroline are a lovely advert for this dentist on the reception.Thank you Selina & Emily for taking care of my awkward surgery in a very patient, kind & professional way
Had to have a filling replaced and another tooth repaired. The dentist Gilene was really nice and caring about how I was doing during the procedure with the help of Kelly assisting they made for a pleasant visit. Caroline and Iain on reception are friendly and welcoming all adding up to a wonderful dental practice. Thank you.
Really pleased with my first visit and appointment at this dentistry. From the booking of the appointment to the appointment itself it was a great experience. The consultation itself was extremely professional andvery personable and certainly made me feel at ease. Although I have got procedures upcoming, I know exactly what the state of my teeth is, what to expect and how to prevent further complications in the future. Would thoroughly recommend to anyone looking for a new dentist in the area!
Took my 12 year old daughter for emergency app yesterday. Had to have a tooth removed, all I can say is how fabulous the team were. Sophie and Sharon cannot thank you both enough. My daughter was so at ease, you are a credit to the practice. Thank you to you and all the team, thank you to Kacey on reception, brought a huge smile to our arrival. Cannot recommend your practice enough 😃
Finally found myself a dentist after years of struggling and I can honestly say I'm so glad it is with Anderson and Broadberry.I have had some work done recently and I have to say it's been the best experience of a dentist I have encountered ever.Great work, put at ease from the beginning and delighted with the outcome.Sinead and Nicole were/are tremendous and I'm very satisfied with my Dentist.
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