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Fillings are the most common of all dental procedures. But with the advances in dental technology, fillings today look more natural than before in addition to effectively serving their purpose. Some people tend to get conscious if they have the old, silver or gold fillings. These fillings are rather visible especially if the person laughs or even smile.
One option to improve the cosmetic look of your smile is to have your metal-coloured fillings replaced with tooth-coloured or ‘white’ fillings. This is a safe procedure that entails our dentist at Smile Chic removing any decay from your tooth, taking out the metal or amalgam filling and placing a tooth coloured filling instead. The new filling is made from a very hard substance and will withstand the forces in your mouth when you bite and chew over a long period of time. This will allow you to smile without a metallic glint in sight, giving your teeth a more natural appearance overall.
At Smile Chic we believe prevention is always better than cure and will always encourage and help you to look after your teeth so you don’t develop tooth decay in the first place. If you do have decay and need a filling then get in touch with us.
Dental Fillings Treatment
When you visit for a check up, your dentist will use a small inspection mirror to assess the surface of your teeth, looking for signs of decay or little cracks and fissures. They will let you know as soon as they see anything that might require treatment, and a small filling is a lasting preventative solution that far outweighs a root canal treatment, which can be the result of extensive decay. By closing up the gap, your dentist is preventing bacteria from getting in and preserving your tooth in the least invasive way.
The process is straightforward and often only requires one or two appointments at Smile Chic. Once your dentist has assessed the area that requires treatment, they will clear out any decay before filling the clean cavity with a material of your choice.
Indirect porcelain fillings
Porcelain fillings are referred to as inlays or onlays, and are custom-made and then fitted to your teeth. They boast a similar durability to that of gold fillings, but look more more natural
Silver (amalgam) Fillings
Silver fillings are also durable, but due to their noticeable colour are mostly used for treating the back teeth
Composite Resin Fillings
Composite resin is a kind of plastic that will match your natural tooth colour, making it less visible. The resin mixture can be poured straight into the cavity, making it a relatively quick treatment and little less durable than silver
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Why Consider Dental Fillings
What are the risks of Dental Fillings?
Like any man-made substance a filling placed in the mouth will wear and tear and require maintenance and replacement. Maintenance may require removal of stain or repair of small chips.
What is Dental Fillings treatment?
Fillings are used when you experience early tooth decay which result in external damage of the enamel and dentin. Your dentist will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and fill the area painlessly and with materials which blend in with your tooth colour.
What kind of fillings are available?
There are a number of different materials that can be used to fill a hole in your tooth. Indirect fillings are those that require a couple of visits as the tooth is treated with a tailormade filling that has to be crafted to your needs in a dental laboratory before fitting. Direct fillings are those that can be applied in one sitting, or chairside. White or tooth coloured options prove to be the most popular of these options as they remain the quickest and most natural-looking of the options – no one can tell that you’ve had a filling.
Do Dental Fillings hurt?
You will usually require a local dental anaesthetic to numb the area whilst the dentist works on the tooth. Some small cavities do not require any anaesthetic and the treatment can be carried out quickly and comfortably. After treatment, it is normal to experience some mild sensitivity for a day or so.