Dental fillings are required to restore a tooth that may have been damaged due to trauma or decay. A filling will help protect your tooth, preventing more damage while preserving the tooth and prolonging its life.
When Might I Need a Filling?
We may suggest you have a filling if you have a cavity in a tooth, as this will prevent the decay from becoming any worse. Fillings can also be used to mend teeth that may have become chipped or cracked. By repairing a tooth in this way, we will restore its strength, structure and appearance so you can bite and chew food normally without any fear of damaging the tooth.
What Are Fillings Made From?
Fillings can generally be made from tooth coloured composite resin which creates an extremely lifelike appearance. Composite resin is strong and durable and is ideal for small to medium sized cavities. It can also be used to repair chips and cracks in front teeth. For larger cavities, particularly those affecting the chewing surfaces of molars or back teeth, we may suggest you have a porcelain filling. This is more durable and able to withstand the forces created while chewing food.
What Is the Procedure for Having a Filling?
Composite resin fillings can be placed during one visit as the tooth will be carefully prepared under local anaesthetic and the composite resin is applied in small increments before being shaped and polished. Porcelain fillings will require two visits as this is what’s called an indirect filling because it is made in our dental laboratory.