Apart from their aesthetics, fillings restore the integrity of your teeth and, In the case of composite fillings, they blend in with your natural teeth so no one will even notice you have fillings. The procedure is relatively painless and a filling can be done in one visit to the dentist.
Queen Square Dental offers a number of options for fillings and with new advances in dental technology, there are better fillings becoming available all the time. The types of fillings most commonly used in dental restoration include:
These are the most common types of fillings. They are made from a special resin that is the same colour as natural teeth. This means the fillings blend into the teeth making them barely noticeable. Composite fillings also bond to the tooth structure, making it stronger.
Composite fillings are also gentler on your teeth and less drilling is required to prepare your teeth for a composite filling. This same compound can also be used to repair any tooth that has minor damage just as teeth that have been worn, chipped or broken. The downside to composite fillings is that you may need to have the filling replaced every five years or so.
Molars are the most common teeth that require fillings – not surprising, as these teeth do most of the chewing. Molars are quite often the victim of decay and cavities. Other teeth can also benefit from fillings and this includes front teeth that may have become chipped or damaged. Your dentist will give you a local anaesthetic and drill around the damaged area to remove the decayed part of the tooth. The filling is then placed on or inside the tooth before being shaped to fit the natural contours of your existing teeth.