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Dental fillings are used to restore damaged or decayed teeth to their normal function and appearance. Fillings are most commonly used to treat decay caused by cavities. Having a filling is a very common procedure and can be completed in one appointment.
The dentist firstly removes the decay, cleans the affected area and then fills the cavity with filling material. The filling in this space helps prevent bacteria entering and causing further decay.
How do I know if I need a filling?
The fact is, while some cavities can cause pain or sensitivity to hot and cold, others cause no pain at all. You might be able to see a cavity on the outside of the tooth, but in most cases, decay can only be picked up through dental x-rays and examinations. That’s why regular check-ups are essential for both preventing and detecting cavities.
Which type of filling is best?
Your dentist will help you determine what type of filling is right for you, based on the extent of the repair and where in your mouth you need the filling.
Some of the common materials used for fillings include:
- Composite resins – can be matched to the colour of your teeth. This material is best suited to smaller fillings or front teeth but they can be used for larger fillings by building the shape of the tooth.
- Silver Amalgam – strong and resistant to wear and good for hard wearing situations like back teeth where strength is needed.
- Porcelain – Bonded and matched to the colour of the tooth. Long lasting and resistant to staining. This option requires a number of steps with their construction.
- Gold – Extremely durable but dark in colour. There a number of steps involved in their construction thus their higher cost.
If you are concerned about cavities, it’s important to act quickly! To book a check-up, contact your local centre directly.
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