Dental Fillings

Sometimes it is inevitable due to our lifestyle or diet that we may need to have fillings to prevent further breakdown of our teeth, and when we do need to get it done,we will make sure the fillings are highly durable and cosmetically pleasing so you can carry on smiling.

Different filling materials?
The suitability of filling material used to restore the decayed section of the tooth will always depend on the location and the severity of the decay.

Techniques and materials used will ensure that the colour of the filling used to restore the tooth will always match colour of your tooth. They are aesthetic and durable. There are three types of dental materials that we utilise to suit best to your dental cavities. You may see some people with gold fillings, its not alway decorative but sometime maybe the result of allergies to other materials.

For smaller cavities we would recommend using glass ionomer cement which is a fluoride releasing material and will aid in the reduction of risk of recurrent decay in the tooth. Glass ionomer is often used for small surface cavities to prevent further propagation of the carious area and assist in repair of the tooth structure.

When it comes to mid-sized cavities we would recommend using composite resin which is the standard tooth-coloured restorative material.

Larger sized cavities can also be dealt using Composite/Porcelain inlay. This type of restoration bonded into the cavity and classified as the most advanced generation of composite resin and porcelain which combines beauty and strength into one, and offers stronger durability than ta traditional composite resin.

How to take care of tooth fillings?
Anyone who has had fillings should practice good oral hygiene, this will make sure the fillings will stay in place, daily brushing after every meal, daily flossing, and rinsing with antiseptic mouthwash on daily basis. When you notice that the filling is no longer the same as it was before, it is important that you get in touch with the dentist right away.

After effects of dental fillings?
Pain and sensitivity can be caused by be cool air, cold and sweet foods, pressure on the tooth. These symptoms will disappear on their own after two to four weeks. Always let your dentist know if you experience pain or sensitivity for a period longer as suggested previously.

Filling can also start deteriorating as a result of constant pressure caused by chewing, clenching, or grinding. That is why it is necessary to see your dentist for a check up at least every 6 months, so the doctor can determine the current condition of the filling.