Restore your teeth and fill the gaps!
Dental fillings can be perfectly matched to your tooth colour, providing excellent aesthetic results.
Dental fillings are done to restore a tooth that is damaged due to decay. The decay is thoroughly removed from the affected tooth, and the area is restored using a filling material.
Types of Dental Fillings
Filling materials have improved dramatically over the years. Gone are the days where all we had was just one type of filling material for every cavity.
Today’s dental materials are stronger, more reliable, longer lasting, and more predictable and safer. We now have fillings with shades that match almost any tooth colour.
A composite filling is tooth coloured, and made of a synthetic and glass mixture. It can be very closely matched to the colour of the existing teeth.
A glass ionomer is made of tooth-coloured acrylic and are mainly used for young children’s teeth or as a temporary filling.
Gold In-lays and On-lays
These can last about 20 years. They are gold in appearance and considered to be very strong.
Ceramic Indirect are made of tooth coloured porcelain which could last between 10 to 15 years.
What Happens During a Filling?
- Local anaesthesia– Right at the start, you may be given local anaesthesia to ensure a comfortable experience during the procedure.
- Tooth decay removal– Once the area is numb, the dentist will use a dental drill to remove the decaying part of the tooth and thoroughly clean it out. The dentist will then shape the space in the tooth and prepare it for the filling.
- Etching – The dentist will etch the tooth with an acid gel before placing the filling.
- Resin application– For certain types of fillings, the filling material is applied in layers and hardened using a curing light which makes it stronger.
- Polishing – Once the filling has been placed the dentist will smooth out the surface of the filling to achieve a natural look and feel for you.
Benefits of Dental Fillings:
- Quick and considered virtually pain free
- Hardens in a matter of seconds
- Can be repaired if it gets damaged
- Lasts between five to seven years, depending on oral care
- Looks natural in colour and appearance – it can go unnoticed.