What is a cosmetic dental filling?
The most common cause of tooth damage is poor oral hygiene. When you do not properly care for your teeth, food debris, sugars and bacteria sit on the surface and eat away at the enamel. As a result, decay forms and compromises the structure of your teeth. In order to prevent decay spreading, causing pain and structural issues, fillings are used to fill the cavity and restore form and function to the affected tooth.
The cosmetic filling itself is tooth–coloured and made of a composite material. The ingredients are mixed, then placed directly into the cavity. By sealing the area, the filling helps prevent further decay. Dental fillings can also be used to correct daily wear and tear or chips and cracks in the teeth.
Dental fillings last three to ten years, and wear over their lifetime. Because of this, more extensive damage might need to be addressed with a crown or further treatment. Your dentist will discuss your options with you during your check-up or consultation.
Are tooth fillings necessary?
Only your dentist can detect whether you need a filling. Using a dental mirror, they will inspect the surfaces of your teeth during your check-up. To prevent the spread of decay, it is recommended that you follow through with fillings in your treatment plan. This will ensure you are at your optimal oral health, and keep the symptoms of dental decay (such as bad breath) at bay.
Tooth filling process
Dental fillings are a common procedure, in children and adults alike. Your dentist will first locate the affected area and remove the decayed material. Then, they will clean the cavity to remove all bacteria and debris, so the decay cannot spread. Finally, it will be filled with the composite white resin filling.
Dental fillings at United Dental Clinic
At United Dental Clinic, we ensure your comfort first. Our skilled dentists perform filling procedures often, so you can feel comfortable in experienced hands. While in the chair, you can be confident that we’ll do all we can for your oral health. Book in for a check-up with United Dental Clinic today.