A filling is a restorative treatment that we use to fill a hole, gap, or cavity in a tooth.
At Walmsley Dental, when we need to repair a tooth with a cavity or has suffered damage in some way, we’re often able to use composite fillings.
Fillings are one of the most common ways to repair and restore a tooth that has been damaged by a cavity. Previously, these fillings have most commonly been made with a metal amalgam material that leaves behind a noticeable and often unsightly silvery finish in the mouth. Thanks to advances in dental materials and techniques, we’re now able to place composite fillings instead.
What is a filling?
Why do I need a filling?
The most common cause of needing a filling is tooth decay, which is what causes cavities to appear. Other causes include general wear and tear or an accident or injury to the face and tooth in question.
How will I know if I need a filling?
In most cases, when a patient needs a filling, we’ll be able to diagnose it at a regularly scheduled dental check-up. In such situations, thanks to your frequent check-ups and our preventive care, we’ll be able to provide you with the treatment needed before you even experience any symptoms or side effects.
However, there are times when patients experience symptoms such as increased sensitivity or pain when you’re chewing and biting down. If this is the case, then it could be possible you need a filling, in which case you should contact us as soon as possible.
What are composite fillings made of?
These modern fillings are made from a composite resin material that is bonded to the tooth.
Are composite fillings noticeable?
No, these fillings are tooth-coloured and can fit in seamlessly with the rest of your mouth – your friends and family won’t even know you’ve had this treatment!
What is the treatment process like?
Most composite fillings can be placed in just one appointment, and we’ll apply a local anaesthetic at the beginning of the appointment, so you’ll be pain-free throughout. Our team will then remove the decayed parts of the tooth and perform a thorough cleaning of the area before applying a special gel to the tooth.
This gel acts as an adhesive for the filling material, which the team will carefully sculpt into shape so that it matches the rest of the natural teeth and fits right in. We’ll then cure it with a special light to ensure it hardens into place correctly.
What are the benefits of composite fillings?
- Aesthetically pleasing.
- Bonded into place.
- No mercury.
- Strengthens and protects the natural tooth.
- No risk of damaging the natural tooth.
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