Fillings are a treatment used to repair a tooth which has been affected by decay. Not only does it repair the area that has been affected by decay, but it also protects the tooth from any further potential damage.
Q: What is tooth decay and what can I do to prevent it?
A: Tooth decay is the most common problem that we treat at the practice. The British Dental Health Foundation believes that most of us have a 95% chance of suffering from some form of it. There may not be any obvious symptoms, but you should consult your dentist if you suffer from toothache, sensitivity to hot or cold foods, or swelling of the jaw. Tooth decay can often be prevented b
y visiting the dentist regularly.
Q: What is a composite filling?
A: Composite fillings are tooth-coloured (NOT silver!) and usually made from a resin mixed with powdered glass quartz, silica or other forms of ceramic. They may not be as strong or hard-wearing as silver amalgam fillings, but they are virtually invisible. Your dentist will choose a shade to match your existing teeth. Please note that discolouration may occur over time.
Q: How do I know if I need a filling?
A: The necessity for a filling can only be determined by your dentist. By carrying out a full and proper examination, the dentist will identify the most appropriate treatment and make the correct recommendation.
Q: Are composite fillings always recommended?
A: Although largely reliable, composite fillings are not always suitable. This is especially relevant to large fillings as they may chip or wear over time. It is also important for you to look after your teeth after having a composite filling, as they can be stained by certain foods and drinks.