Here at Thurmaston Dental, we provide Dental Fillings Leicester. These come as both White fillings and Metal fillings. We also provide Emergency fillings for severe cases, ensuring you can get an appointment as soon as possible and get a Dental filling.
The main function of a filling is to restore a damaged tooth and prevent any further decay or damage from developing. Fractured teeth can be restored with white composite fillings. By improving the structure of a tooth, food debris and plaque is less likely to become trapped.
White fillings are the most popular choice of dental filler as they blend with the natural colour of a tooth, giving our patients the confidence to smile. A few years ago white fillings were seen as a very cosmetic procedure compared to amalgam fillings, white fillings were also not as strong as amalgam, however, with advances in technology the materials that are used to make white composite fillings are extremely strong. Another reason why people choose white fillings is the fact there is reduced sensitivity to hot and cold food and drinks. They also won’t corrode over time like amalgam fillings can.
In their lifetime many people will need a dental filling and this will be due to many different factors. The main factor being tooth decay, however, grinding and nail-biting can also cause fractured damage to teeth and lead to the need for dental fillings. Having cracked teeth can leave sharp edges making it painful and difficult to eat.
With severe tooth decay cases, the process of getting a filling will be longer. You will need this removing treated before any type of crown or filling is used, the treatment may be a root canal.
Metal fillings are the old, traditional tooth filling. Many people think they look unsightly. Dental fillings are normally used in the molars or pre-molars and most times can’t be seen if you smile, however when the mouth is open if the filling is large, people tend to notice. This is one of the main reason people choose white fillings or replace their metal fillings with white.
• Examination – The dentist will examine your tooth, you may need an x-ray. From this, the dentist will be able to see how severe the damage is to the tooth.
• Local Anaesthesia – You will receive anaesthesia at the beginning of your procedure to numb the tooth and surrounding area. A rubber dam will also be applied to ensure the tooth remains dry. If the procedure is long then you will be provided with a bite block to help you keep your mouth open.
• Tooth Decay Removal – If you need any decay removed this will drilled out and the tooth space will be shaped ready for the filling.
• Etching – If you are having a bonded filling, then the tooth will be etched with an acid gel.
• Resin Application – The way the filling is applied depends on the filling type. Certain types will need to be done layer by layer and hardened using a bright blue dental light, or curing light as many call it. This makes the filling strong.
• Polishing – To complete the process your tooth will be polished.
• Fillings – The filling is the most basic restoration. Composite is used to fill the damaged tooth whether that is from removed decay or a fracture.
• Dental Inlays – An Inlay is used when the tooth has a large area that needs to be filled. The inlay is a single piece to fit the space and cemented in place.
• Dental Onlays – An Onlay is more than an inlay but not a crown. It is called an Onlay due to the fact is covers the cusp of the tooth.
• Crowns – A Crown is more of a replacement for the top of a tooth than filler. Crowns are used for the more serious situations.
• Amalgam (Silver) – The most common type of silver coloured fillings. They’re made of a mixture of mercury, silver, tin and copper. They offer strength and durability.
• Gold – Just like an Amalgam filling, they are strong and durable, and with the correct maintenance, they can last a long time.
• White Composite – Filling that is made out of a tooth-coloured composite; they are popular because the colour blends with the natural tooth. However, this is a weaker filling made out of plastic, these can also stain over time.
• Porcelain Filling – Used for inlays and onlays, they generally cover a large majority of the tooth.
During regular check-ups, your dentist will be able to tell you whether you need a filling. If you have tooth decay you will most likely need a filling once the decay is removed. If you have a fractured tooth it will be important to get it filled to avoid any further damage to the tooth. An X-ray will be done to ensure that there is no deeper damage.
If your filling falls out you can call us and book an appointment for the next available slot. Losing a filling can be painful as the tooth is exposed to hot and cold temperatures. Make sure if you still have the filling to put it in a safe place. If the pain is getting too much simple apply a little bit of clove oil with a cotton bud to the sensitive tooth, this should allow you some pain relief.
If you are pregnant please make sure you are having regular dental check-ups to prevent any issues. Fillings and Crowns should be treated to reduce the risk of infection.
We get asked all the time regarding the health risks of fillings, especially when it comes to amalgam fillings as they contain mercury. Mercury is used in fillings to make it pliable. The argument over the years has been down to how much mercury the body absorbs. Having Amalgam fillings are completely safe to have, however, once they are worn down and it is time to replace them a possible option is to get a white filling.
After having a filling, we suggest waiting a few hours before eating anything and when you do decide to eat, having soft foods only for 24 hours after the procedure. You will experience some sensitivity after having your filling which will affect your eating and drinking. Hot and cold temperatures won’t be your friend, try food and drink that are room temperatures, and drink through a straw. The obvious foods to avoid are hard and sticky foods.
The longevity of a filling will depend a lot on how well you maintain your oral health. Fillings are extremely durable but will not last forever. Eating, drink, clenching and grinding will all impact your teeth and fillings. Regular check-ups will allow your dentist to keep an eye on your fillings, and when they might need to be replaced.
If you have swallowed your filling – don’t panic! It happens more often than you think. A filling should pass through without a problem. Even if you have an amalgam filling and are worried about the mercury, the mercury will not get absorbed.
If you would like more information on our Dental Fillings in Leicester, discuss the process or costs, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today.