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Did You Know Replacing Your Fillings Can Make Your Mouth Healthier?

Fillings are used very commonly in dentistry to combat decay and strengthen teeth with cavities. Although fillings can last for several years, they’re not a permanent solution. If you’ve had your fillings for a long time, it may be time to think about replacing them.

The benefits of fillings

Fillings are restorations, which are placed inside cavities, or small holes in the tooth. The aim is to make the tooth stronger, but also to protect the tooth. Placing a filling and cleaning the cavity can help to prevent harmful bacteria reaching other parts of the tooth. If you have a cavity, and you don’t have a filling, there’s a risk of the hole getting larger, and the tooth could also become infected.

How long do fillings last?

The lifespan of a filling will depend on the material used. Today, most people have fillings that are made from dental composite, a tooth-coloured material. In the past, mercury amalgam fillings were much more common. Composite fillings should last around 5 years, while amalgam fillings last up to 15 years. Although amalgam fillings are more durable than composite fillings, there are several advantages of white fillings. Most importantly for patients keen to preserve the look of their smile, white fillings are incredibly discreet, and they blend in with the natural tooth shade. Composite fillings are also safer and more environmentally-friendly than mercury amalgam fillings.

The advantages of replacing fillings

If you’ve had fillings for a long time, you may need to replace them. Fillings can become worn over the course of time, and this can impact oral health. If the filling doesn’t fit the cavity anymore, there’s a chance that bacteria will be able to penetrate the tooth. A worn filling could also cause the tooth to become weaker. When you go to the dentist for routine check-ups, they will take a look at any fillings or crowns you have, and check for signs of wear or tear. If your dentist thinks you might benefit from a new filling, they will discuss this with you.

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.

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.

Restorative Dental Treatments to Restore Your Smile

Teeth are built to last a lifetime, but often the stresses and strains of everyday life coupled with injuries and accidents can take its toll and it’s common for the teeth to become worn, chipped and broken. Decay can also result in damage to the teeth. If your teeth need some TLC and bit of patching up, we have a range of restorative treatments on offer.

Our treatments

We offer a comprehensive range of dental restorations, from cosmetic bonding and white fillings to crowns, veneers, dental bridges and dental implants. Whether you have a chipped tooth, a broken tooth or a missing tooth, we have a solution.

Fillings and crowns

Fillings are designed to fill cavities (holes in the teeth). White fillings are made from dental composite, which matches the natural colour of the teeth and strengthens them without having a negative impact on the look of the smile. Crowns are recommended when more intensive treatment is needed and a tooth is broken, severely decayed or injured extensively. Crowns are also called caps because they sit over the top of your tooth. Porcelain crowns blend in with the colour of the teeth and are a popular choice. Other materials include precious and non-precious metals.

Dental bridges and implants

If you have a missing tooth, it is likely that your dentist will advise you to have treatment to replace the tooth. This is because missing teeth increases the risk of oral health problems as well as affecting speech and the look of the smile. We have various options available for patients who have lost teeth, including dental bridges and dental implants.

Dental bridges are a popular option for patients with a single missing tooth. They are made from a false tooth secured by a crown on either side. Bridges are more affordable than implants and the procedure is less invasive.

Dental implants are a long-term solution for lost teeth. They are designed to last a lifetime and offer excellent aesthetics as well as the same level of functionality as healthy, natural teeth.

Which Cosmetic Dental Treatment Is Right For You In The Heart Of Essex?

We are proud to offer a broad spectrum of cosmetic dental treatments and techniques to address aesthetic flaws and improve and enhance the look of your smile. The aim of cosmetic dentistry is to make the smile look healthy and attractive and we are confident that we have a solution, no matter the problem. If you dread smiling in public because of chipped or stained teeth or you migrate to the back of the group every time a camera comes out because you feel conscious of worn edges or spaces between your teeth, we can help to give you a stunning smile and ensure you feel comfortable and confident every time you’re in the spotlight.

Our treatments

We have a range of treatments on offer, including:

We also offer a comprehensive selection of cosmetic braces, general dentistry treatments and facial rejuvenation treatments.

Which cosmetic dental treatment is best for me?

Every patient is different and for this reason, it’s impossible to say which treatment is best. Tooth whitening can be hugely beneficial for one patient, but it may be unnecessary for another. We offer consultations to assess which treatments are suitable for the individual patient and we make recommendations based on a dental assessment, as well as a discussion with the patient to see which problems they want to treat and what kinds of smiles and aesthetics they prefer.

If you’d like to find out more about our cosmetic dental services or you’d like to discuss the possibility of having cosmetic treatment with our expert dentists, call now and arrange a consultation.

Beautiful White Fillings for you in Brentwood

In today’s modern world, there is a lot of emphasis to be at your best and look your best at all times and the way your teeth look is just part of your everyday recipe in doing this. There is a huge demand for you to have beautiful and natural teeth, driven by everything that you see in the media but with a bit of common sense and by talking to the right people, such as the Advance Dental Clinic over in Chelmsford, you can get the best advice to have a beautifully natural smile in Brentwood. One of the ingredients in this is having your teeth filled if you have suffered from a bit of tooth decay. In today’s climate, people are very wary of the more unsightly grey amalgam fillings, for health reasons too, which is why people are opting for white, resin based ones. These can be colour matched to suit the rest of your mouth and look natural when fitted. The press still needs convincing about their reliability, yet they are getting better as new materials are being developed. But they look sensational and will give your mouth a natural look. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Essex.