FILLINGS AND RESTORATIONS
Dental fillings restore your teeth and help to prevent further damage from occurring.
Black fillings are now a thing of the past. There is now a more attractive and safe option using white mercury-free fillings to bond your teeth and prevent any further tooth decay.
Using new white fillings, less of the overall tooth structure needs to be removed.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET FILLINGS?
Generally, it only takes us one appointment to get a filling done, and it is a rather straightforward process.
A highly trained and professional Dentist and Oral health therapist will carefully remove any decay from your tooth. At the same time, a Dental Assistant will be preparing the material for white filling which will be placed into your tooth.
The length of time it will take for the treatment to be completed is dependent on the amount of decay which needs to be removed by the Dentist and Oral health therapist.
For the vast majority of fillings, they are completed in only one appointment.
How Do I Know When I Need A Filling?
Some cavities will cause increased sensitivity or pain to hot or cold sensations. However other cavities cause none at all. Sometimes you may be able to see a cavity located on the outside of your tooth. Although, usually, dental x-rays and examinations are required to detect any decay.
Regular dental checkups are crucial to help prevent and detect any cavities in your teeth.
Which Type Of Filling Should I Get?
Your dentist will discuss with you the different types of fillings available, to determine which one is correct for you. It will also be dependent on where in your mouth you need to get a filling, and also how much repair is required.
The most common filling materials consist of:
Composite resins are best suited for either front teeth or smaller fillings and can be matched to the colour of your teeth. They can also build the shape of the tooth to be used for larger fillings.
Silver Amalgam is resistant to wear and tear. They are strong and ideal for back teeth, where it’s required to have strength.
Porcelain is matched and bonded to the exact colour of your tooth. They are resistant to staining and developed to last a long time, although porcelain teeth require a longer timeframe and more steps to be made.
Gold is highly durable. They have a darker colour and are very expensive due to the lengthy construction process.