A huge percentage of the British population have fillings. They become necessary when tooth decay causes a cavity. Tooth decay occurs when acid is produced as a result of the bacteria in plaque. Once a cavity appears, it needs to be filled as soon as possible in order to restore strength to the tooth, and stop it from weakening further. By using white filling material nobody should know you’ve had a cavity. White fillings are very discreet.
Your dentist will use a drill to remove the decayed part of the tooth. Once it is removed, white filling material will be bonded to the tooth. White fillings can be applied to new cavities, or be used to replace the less discreet metal fillings. They are strong, durable and will be colour matched to your teeth. With white fillings, you should be able to smile with confidence.
Natural-coloured fillings should restore strength to a previously decayed tooth without being too obvious in the mouth. Once the filling is in place, any tooth pain or sensitivity you were experiencing beforehand, should be greatly reduced.
If you’ve recently noticed that your teeth are sensitive to hot or cold drinks in an unpleasant way, or that you’ve been experiencing toothache, there’s a chance you could need a filling. The best thing to do is to come in and see us for a consultation.
Over time, fillings can be damaged or worn down and when this happens, they’ll need replacing. It’s best not to delay this procedure, because your damaged fillings might be gathering bacteria. You can also have a metal filling replaced with a more discreet white filling if you wish. During the treatment, the dentist will remove the old filling and replace it with a new one.
Before the treatment begins we’ll administer a local anaesthetic and check that your mouth is numb. We want you to be comfortable throughout. We’ll then use a drill to remove the part of the tooth that is decayed, fill in the hole that remains, and finally polish the filling, so there are no rough textures.
Reducing your sugar consumption and brushing your teeth after snacking are two habits that will help reduce your chances of having more fillings.
Your patient journey
Before you have your filling, we’ll need to assess where in the mouth the filling is needed, whether other dental work may be required at the same time, and how much of the tooth is decayed. We’ll gather all this information when you visit us for an initial consultation.
You’ll receive local anaesthetic before the treatment begins, then a drill is used to remove decay from the affected tooth. The tooth is then rebuilt using white filling material, before being polished to remove any rough surfaces
We’ll advise you of how to take care of your new filling, as well as your mouth, which may still be numb following the treatment. In addition to that, we’ll advise you on how to avoid the need for further fillings in the future.