Fillings are used to help repair a tooth that has become damaged in some way. They are used to fill in a hole or cavity – or carie – which if left untreated can become larger and cause even further damage to the mouth.
Fillings are required when a tooth has developed a cavity or hole that needs filling. This is most commonly caused by tooth decay, but can also be caused by an injury.
We may well diagnose your need for a filling at a routine check-up here at Islington Smiles. However, if you’re experiencing increased sensitivity, pain when chewing or biting down or a persistent toothache, then it could be a sign you’re in need of a filling. If this is the case, we’d recommend making an appointment with us as soon as possible.
Traditionally, fillings have been made of a metal amalgam material. This is exceptionally strong and durable, but it does leave a silvery-looking finish in the mouth and can be noticeable and even unsightly. Modern advancements in dentistry means we can now offer white fillings to our patients.
White fillings are usually made of a composite resin and can fit in seamlessly with the rest of the mouth. The material is tooth-coloured and very durable and looks so natural when applied to the tooth, only you and your dentist will know there’s a filling there.
This is a fairly simple treatment that can be completed in just one appointment. We’ll numb the area being treated, so you can’t feel anything there and we’ll make sure that you’re comfortable and relaxed throughout. The weakened or decayed parts of the tooth will then be removed, and we’ll clean, shape, and dry the tooth. Then, the filling will be applied and we’ll shape it to the natural tooth, bonding it into place for extra strength and protection.
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