Routine Fillings

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Dental fillings may be recommended by your Colney Hatch dentist when decay is discovered in a tooth. Such decay is normally revealed during a routine dental examination and x-rays. Your dentist will determine the extent of the decay and the best type of treatment and filling to use to eliminate that decay and prevent future decay.

Tooth decay is an oral health issue that everyone has heard of, but not everyone understands or realises how simple it can be to prevent decay. Decay begins when acid attacks your tooth enamel, producing a cavity, or tiny hole in the enamel. This softens the enamel and allows bacteria to enter and grow. When your cavity is small, your dentist uses tools to remove all the decay within the cavity, and then seals your tooth with a filling.

Due to the shape and contours of your teeth, decay cavities are most often discovered in the top, or crown, of your tooth where bite pressures are greatest and brushing may not remove all acidic traces from food. This means that most fillings will be covering the crown of your tooth where the decay has done damage.

Fillings are available in white composite or silver amalgam materials. Silver amalgam fillings contain traces of Mercury in the material, which may make it an inappropriate filling material choice if you are sensitive to metals. Your dentist will discuss the variations in filling treatments and will recommend the treatment that would be most beneficial for your case.

When you need to have a tooth filled, the following steps will generally be taken during your treatment:

  • Your dentist will review the x-rays of your decayed tooth
  • Local anaesthetic will be administered to numb the area around the tooth to be filled
  • Your tooth may be swabbed with a fluoride solution
  • Your dentist will carefully drill out the cavity, ensuring that all decay is removed
  • Your tooth is quickly cleaned in preparation of applying the filling material
  • The filling material is pressed into place over the cleaned out cavity
  • Your filling is then skilfully sculpted to ensure proper bite
  • Your tooth is now restored!

Your dentist or dental hygienist will be happy to instruct you on oral care you can practice at home to protect your teeth from further cavities and decay.