If you think you need a filling, call in and book an appointment with us at Belmont Village Dental. Fillings are used to restore teeth damaged by decay back to their normal function and strength. If decay is left untreated, problems will worsen and you may find yourself in a whole lot of trouble and pain.
Signs you might need a filling include:
- A toothache, sharp pain or sensitivity
- A dark spot or noticeable hole in your tooth
- A broken or lost filling
If you notice any of these signs, we recommend that you come in for an appointment as soon as possible.
Dental Fillings Treatment
A dental filling is one of the fastest and least invasive procedures performed by our friendly and professional dentists. A filling can usually be completed within a single appointment.
Step One – Anaesthetic
An anaesthetic will be offered to minimise your discomfort.
Step Two – Tooth Preparation
Preparation includes removing decay and any existing filling material. The tooth is then cleaned and dried out in preparation for the new filling.
Step Three – Your Dental Filling
A composite material is used to fill your tooth, making it feel as natural as possible. The material and colour is carefully chosen to match your existing tooth colour and shape. The filling is set naturally or by using a UV light. The final part of your filling requires polishing and smoothing.
Dental Fillings or Crowns?
Dental fillings and crowns are both used to restore the appearance and function of damaged teeth. Your dentist will assess your tooth, explain your options, and recommend the most effective procedure.
In the case of having a large cavity or a crack in your tooth, a dental crown placed over your tooth may be required to maintain its integrity and ensure a long-lasting repair.
How to Avoid Dental Fillings
Brush teeth for at least two minutes, morning and night, to remove any food or sugar build-up. Aim to spend 30 seconds on each quarter of your mouth, and brush gently to avoid damaging the surface of your teeth or gums.
Chew sugar-free gum
Chewing sugar-free gum after meals and snacks can help protect your teeth by boosting the flow of saliva in your mouth and neutralising acids.
Choose healthier snacks
Try to avoid eating sugary snacks between meals, and a top tip from your dentist is to avoid at all costs sticky foods and lollies like minties, caramels and toffee. They can not only stick to your teeth and coat them with sugar, but they can also rip out fillings! Not good.