Chipped or damaged teeth, or those with dental cavities caused by tooth decay, often need repair. This not only improves the appearance of the tooth but prevents further damage and eases a toothache and pain you may be suffering from.
Modern dental fillings are very different from the amalgam fillings used in the past. We can easily restore teeth using materials such as advanced composites, resins and glass ionomer cement. The colour of these can be matched to the natural colour of your teeth, for a near-invisible result.
Fillings are perfect for relatively minor tooth repair. If the damage is more extensive, other restorations maybe required, such as onlays, inlays, crowns or veneers, which are custom-made for each patient by a specialist laboratory and fitted by us in the practice.
Can old fillings be replaced?
Yes! If you have any of the unsightly amalgam dental fillings (containing mercury) which are failing, we can usually replace them with modern alternatives that do not contain mercury.
What is the treatment process?
To complete the dental filling, we first remove the decayed area under local anaesthetic. We then layer the composite resin onto the cleaned cavity and shape this to fit the tooth. Composite is an aesthetic material which is colour matched to your existing teeth. The composite we use is translucent like your own teeth which means that it will reflect light similar to enamel therefore, when placed it is very difficult to detect with the naked eye. A special bright light is used to harden the malleable resin, leaving you with a natural-looking and durable dental filling.
For more information on dental fillings, cavities and tooth repair, get in touch today.