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Discreet Dental Fillings

When it comes to dental fillings, discretion is the word. Our white fillings restore and repair your decayed teeth without detracting from the beauty of your smile. Whether you need a new filling or you’re interested in replacing your silver amalgam fillings with white fillings, we can help.

About white fillings

White fillings are so-called because they are coloured to match the shade of the tooth and enhance the aesthetic appeal of your smile. We use dental composite, which comes in a range of shades, to fill cavities and strengthen your teeth with minimal impact on the look of the tooth. The composite blends in with the natural whiteness of the tooth for a flawless finish; you won’t be able to notice the difference between the filling and the rest of the tooth and you won’t be able to spot the filling when you smile.

Why would I need a filling?

The most common purpose for a filling is to fill a cavity; cavities are holes, which form in the surface of the tooth when the enamel becomes weak as a result of harmful bacteria and plaque acids. Once a cavity has formed, there is a risk that bacterial infection will spread through the tooth and a filling helps to prevent this from happening.

What happens when you have a filling?

When you have a filling, your dentist will use local anaesthetic to numb your tooth; this prevents you from feeling any pain when the procedure begins. Your dentist will then remove any decayed tissue from the cavity and clean it thoroughly to remove bacteria and ensure that the hole is completely clear. Bonding agent is then applied to the tooth surface; this helps the composite to adhere. At this point, the composite and soft and malleable and your dentist will shape it to fit the cavity. The composite will then be set using a curing light and the filling will harden. When the composite is set, your dentist will trim the filling so that it fits the cavity exactly and treatment is then complete.

Dealing with Dental Decay!

Tooth decay is one of the most common preventable illnesses. It is caused by bacteria and can be prevented very easily by making healthy lifestyle choices and being diligent when it comes to oral hygiene.

What causes decay?

Tooth decay is caused by bacteria, which release plaque acids that attack and wear away the protective outer layer of the tooth, known as the enamel. When the enamel is weak, holes known as cavities form and if decay is left untreated, infection can spread to other parts of the teeth and the gums.

Plaque acids are released by bacteria in plaque. Plaque is a sticky substance made when leftover bits of food join with saliva and bacteria. It clings to the teeth and gum line and is the main risk factor for decay and gum disease.

Signs of tooth decay

Sometimes it is possible to see holes in the tooth surface, but this is not always the case. However, you may be able to feel a hole with your tongue. Additional symptoms of decay include toothache and tooth pain, heightened sensitivity and a feeling of weakness in the tooth, especially when you chew or bite down with it.

What can be done for decay?

If you have a cavity, the most common course of action is to fill the hole. We recommend white fillings because they are strong, safe and aesthetically pleasing. A filling helps to restore the strength of the tooth, as well as improving the aesthetic and reducing the risk of spreading infection. The procedure is fairly straightforward and the tooth will be numbed beforehand to prevent any pain.

In order to prevent decay, we recommend a good daily oral hygiene regime, regular dental appointments and a healthy diet.

Replace Amalgam Fillings with White Composite Fillings for a Stunning Smile

Advance Dental Clinic in the heart of Essex provides white fillings to restore your teeth safely with the added benefit of natural looking aesthetics. White fillings are more environmentally friendly than amalgam fillings and we provide new fillings as well as replacement white fillings for mercury amalgam fillings.

What are fillings and why would I need one?

Fillings are restorative dental treatments most commonly used to fill cavities, which are holes that develop in the surface of tooth. Cavities increase the risk of oral infections and filling the cavity helps to prevent further decay, as well as making the tooth stronger.

In the past, mercury amalgam was used to fill cavities, but more and more dental patients are now choosing to have white fillings. White fillings, which are made from dental composite, match the natural tooth colour for improved aesthetics and are also considered a much safer option than mercury fillings.

If you have tooth decay, you may be advised to have a filling. Fillings are a means of bolstering the tooth and preventing the infection from spreading to other parts of the tooth. Fillings can also be used to repair damaged teeth.

What happens when a tooth is filled?

The procedure to fill a tooth is fairly straightforward and involves preparing and cleaning the tooth and then filling the cavity. Initially, the decayed tissue will be removed from the tooth and then the hole will be cleaned thoroughly to remove bacteria. Bonding agent is then applied to the cavity to enable the composite to stick. The composite is then poured into the cavity and hardened using a curing light. This process is quick and painless. The filling is then trimmed and treatment is complete.

Dealing With Sensitive Teeth

Teeth can be sensitive for a number of reasons and can often cause discomfort and even pain when having hot or cold items, or even eating and drinking anything. Sometimes after having a filling can cause tooth sensitivity, as can other dental treatments. If there is a chance that this might occur one of our dentists will tell you any side effects you may have and give you help and advice. Sometimes, especially if a filling is deep, the tooth may take a short time to settle and may be sensitive for a few days afterwards. If the tooth were sensitive for a length of time it would be best to get in contact with us as soon as possible so that we can look at the tooth. Sometime, people have always had slightly sensitive teeth. If this is the case there are certain toothpastes and mouthwashes which are designed to help combat tooth sensitivity and used on a regular basis can make a real difference. Some people who have sensitive teeth also find that the cold weather and particularly a cold wind can cause discomfort, just as a cold drink or food item would. If your teeth or a certain tooth suddenly become sensitive it may be a sign of decay and it is important that you have a dental check-up if you do have sensitivity out of the blue. Our dental hygienist can offer you lots of tips and advice as to the best ways of looking after sensitive teeth, the products you can try which can help you and look at some of the causes of your sensitivity. For instance it may just be one or two particular food items, or foods, which are particularly cold such as ice-cream. Making a few lifestyle adjustments can really help tooth sensitivity and finding the best products to support you teeth. If you would like any help or advice about dealing with sensitive teeth then contact the team and make an appointment with us so that we can help you deal with your sensitive teeth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emergency treatment for tooth abscess from Colchester dentist

If teeth are not effectively cleaned by brushing and flossing, a substance called plaque builds up around the teeth. Plaque is a filmy substance made up of bacteria and other debris that clings to the teeth and gums causing decay. The acids released by the decaying bacteria in plaque erode tooth enamel, the hard protective coating that covers the teeth. It makes small holes in the enamel known as cavities, which can require dental fillings.

If the cavities are not filled, the plaque will eventually penetrate to the centre of the tooth. Here it will erode away the pulp or dentine that fills the centre of teeth and eventually attack the nerve located at its centre. This can lead to a very painful infection which can be responsible for tooth loss. The infection is also capable of spreading to other parts of the mouth and even entering the bloodstream where research has shown it can cause heart problems.

The body’s natural response to infection is to bombard it with white blood cells. These white blood cells gather around the infected material and attempt to kill the infection. This creates a yellow substance called pus, which can build up in large and painful abscesses in the gum. This swelling can be very sensitive and make everyday activities like eating and drinking very unpleasant.

The first sign of a tooth abscess is usually a toothache but if the infection has killed the nerve there may be no pain but there can still be an infection present in the tooth. It is always essential to see a dentist even if a toothache seems to have gone away by itself.

Other signs that you may be suffering from a tooth abscess are a foul odour and a bitter, unpleasant taste in the mouth. This may be accompanied by a general feeling of nausea. The pain from the ache will usually get much worse when exposed to extremes of hot and cold, especially when eating.

Over-the-counter pain remedies such as paracetemol can help with the pain and can keep tooth abscesses under control and swilling salt water also helps, but only a visit to a dentist will beat the underlying causes of the infection. Any delay in treatment can give the infection valuable time to spread making the consequences of a tooth abscess much more severe. In extreme circumstances tooth abscesses can require admission to hospital and even painful oral surgery. Make an appointment to see a dentist as soon as possible if you suspect a tooth abscess. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Essex.