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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.

General Dentistry in Colchester

When you pay a visit to your dentist for a regular check-up in Colchester, you may have noticed that they seem to repeat the same procedures that you had at your last appointment. They will work their way around your mouth methodically, calling out strange numbers to their assistant, whilst they poke and pull at your teeth with a sharp tool, checking for any loose teeth or fillings. They will check the condition if your teeth and if they suspect anything, give you an x-ray. You may have the odd filling to stop tooth decay, and then, content with the fact that you are in full working order, they will then de-scale any plaque or tartar build up, give you a quick polish, and then send you on your way. This whole process is the essence of the main directives laid down in general dentistry. A dentist’s overriding rule is to find any problems in your mouth and then fix them. Every appointment you have allows them to build up a profile of your mouth, so that they can administer the correct treatment in the future and maintain good oral health in you, and other patients. These are the basics of dentistry. Of course, armed with all this information about you, also allows them to make professional judgements on more specialist procedures you may need such as cosmetic treatments like veneers, crowns, implants, braces or root canals. They may refer you elsewhere, along with your profile, so that you get the best possible treatment to keep you and your mouth healthy. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.