If you need a filling, it doesn’t have to detract from the beauty of your smile. At Advance Dental Clinic, we can provide fillings that blend in perfectly with your natural teeth.
If you have a cavity, a hole in the tooth, you may be advised to have a filling. Fillings are designed to fill cavities and they help to protect the tooth. By filling the hole, the risk of bacteria spreading to other parts of the tooth is reduced, and the structure of the tooth will become stronger. There are various choices when it comes to materials used for fillings. In years gone by, mercury amalgam fillings were a popular choice, but today, white fillings, are much more commonplace.
White fillings are made from dental composite, which is combined with resins. Composite is available in a range of tooth-coloured shades, so it is possible to find a colour that matches your natural tooth shade almost exactly. When you have a white filling, it’s impossible to spot the filling when you smile. White fillings are also safe than amalgam fillings and they are better for the environment.
Does having a filling hurt?
If you need a filling, you may be apprehensive about having treatment, but don’t worry. Before the tooth is filled, your dentist will numb the tooth, so you won’t feel any pain. Once the tooth is nub, your dentist will remove decayed tissue from the cavity before adding bonding material and pouring the composite in. When the filling material is in place, it will be set using a curing light and when it’s hard, your dentist will trim it to fit the cavity perfectly. The procedure doesn’t last long and you shouldn’t experience any pain at all.