Dental fillings are an aesthetically pleasing way to restore decayed teeth.
Cracks or cavities in your teeth? You may need a dental filling.
Do you experience pain or sensitivity in your teeth when brushing or eating? What about pain when you drink hot or cold liquids? This may be a sign that you need a tooth filling. Tooth decay and cracks can often cause pain or sensitivity(sometimes not). Fillings are used to restore teeth which will relieve the pain. Dental fillings are also a preventative measure used to stop decay from causing any further damage. At LARA dental, 6 monthly check-ups are recommended in order to maintain good oral hygiene and detect and treat problems as they arise to prevent minor problems from becoming larger ones
The most common application for a dental filling is to treat dental decay. Alternately, dental fillings are an effective way to help improve the aesthetics of your teeth that have worn over time.
There are two types of materials used for dental fillings. These include:
A tooth coloured material that is mercury free
These can be matched to the colour of your teeth and once bonded, it could help support the tooth. Tooth coloured fillings could also be used to repair chipped, broken or worn out teeth.
A silver filling that is composed of an amalgam
Silver fillings are cost-effective and much stronger than tooth coloured fillings. They can last between 10 to 15 years, however, these do not match the colour of your natural teeth.
Dental filling treatment
Receiving one or multiple fillings can be a simple and quick procedure that is completed in a single appointment.
It is done by removing the portion of the tooth that has decayed and filling it with either a tooth-coloured or silver filling to help restore the tooth.
Decay is removed, the tooth is cleaned and then it’s filled in with a filling material. This stops the tooth from decaying further and makes it fully functional again. There are a variety of materials used for fillings. White composite fillings are a mixture of plastic and glass tooth colour materials and were first introduced in the 1960s. They have become one of the most popular options for fillings due to their aesthetics and the ability to blend to closely match your natural tooth.
Alternately, for longevity and strength, a porcelain inlay may also be used for treating dental decay. An inlay is a type of tooth coloured filling that will provide a longer lasting solution for larger cavities or old leaking fillings, and will blend naturally with your teeth.
Dr Geoffrey Storey and Dr Charlie Kahwagi can discuss all the options available to you during your examination or consultation and provide you with a cost estimate.
If you would like to know more about dental fillings or to request an appointment, please contact us today.