Did you know that if you have a cavity or a chipped tooth, dental fillings can repair them?
But if the decay or damage goes too deep, more advanced dental treatments might be needed.
In our latest blog, we talk about why you should not put off a dental filling once it has been found and the various types of dental fillings that can be used to treat it.
Remember to brush and floss regularly and make sure to see your dentist every 6 months to prevent deep decay from happening in the first place!
Dental fillings are one of the most common dental procedures used to repair teeth that have been damaged due to decay, trauma, or wear.
When tooth decay reaches a certain depth, it can cause pain, sensitivity, and even infection.
In such cases, dental fillings are used to restore the tooth’s function and prevent further decay.
If you need a dental filling then it is always better to have a small filling rather than a large filling due to deep decay.
However, when decay reaches the innermost layer of the tooth, called the pulp, more complex dental treatments may be necessary, so we want to fill the tooth before this happens if possible.
The 4 Reasons
Here are some reasons why you should be getting dental fillings done:
1. Prevent further decay: If left untreated, decay can penetrate deeper into the tooth and cause more damage. Dental fillings can stop the decay from spreading and prevent further damage to the tooth.
2. Relieve pain and sensitivity: When decay reaches the inner layers of the tooth, it can cause pain, sensitivity, and discomfort. Dental fillings can help relieve these symptoms and restore the function of the affected tooth.
3. Restore the shape and function of the tooth: Dental fillings can restore the shape and function of the affected tooth, allowing you to chew and speak properly.
4. Prevent tooth loss: If decay is left untreated, it can cause infection and eventually lead to tooth loss. Dental fillings can help save the affected tooth and prevent the need for more extensive dental treatments like extractions or dental implants.
Overall, dental fillings are a minimally invasive and effective way to treat tooth decay and restore the health and function of your teeth.
Types of dental fillings
AMALGAM FILLINGS Amalgam fillings (silver coloured) are made of a mixture of metals, including mercury, silver, tin, and copper. We still see patients with amalgam fillings that are working beautifully to protect the tooth after many years. We no longer place any amalgam fillings due to the health concerns and safety of mercury in the filling material and also white (composite) fillings look so much better.
COMPOSITE FILLINGS Composite fillings (white fillings) are made of a tooth-coloured resin that bonds to the tooth. They are look beautiful and can be used to repair teeth that are visible when you smile.
CERAMIC FILLINGS Ceramic fillings (white fillings) are made of porcelain and are custom-made to match the colour and shape of your tooth. They are even more durable than composite fillings and can last for many years, but they are more expensive than other types of fillings.
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