Fillings

 

It is always better to prevent cavities from arising but sometimes teeth do develop decay.

When a tooth develops decay, or caries, it will usually require a filling to remove the damaged portion and to help repair the affected part of the tooth.

It is easier and less invasive to fix a tooth the when the decay is diagnosed early. The larger or deeper the decay is, the higher the chance that the tooth may œflare up at a later point.

Tooth coloured or composite fillings, can be used to successfully repair most cavities. Amalgam, or metal fillings, are used mainly to repair posterior teeth.

Under the NHS, white fillings can be placed on incisors and canine (eye) teeth as well as non-biting surfaces of pre molars and molars.

See the pictures below for a before and after photo of a white filling.

 

COMPOSITE FILLINGS

AMALGAM FILLINGS

Care Instructions Following a Filling

  • Some people feel sensitivity after they receive a filling this is completely normal as the tooth has just been worked on, sensitivity can also occur if filling is deep and close to nerve.
  • The tooth may be sensitive to pressure, air, sweet foods or cold.
  • White fillings often cause less sensitivity as they bond to the teeth and require less tooth tissue to be removed.
  • An amalgam filling is set chemically and generally takes about 24 hours to set fully. Avoid eating on the filling for the first day.
  • After 24 hours of filling it is important to return to interdental cleaning daily to avoid inflammation to gums.
  • In some cases sensitivity/pain may not settle and further treatment may be required.
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