10 FAQs about Fillings

What is a filling?A filling is a procedure used to restore a hole in a tooth, or to repair a chipped tooth and return it to its original shape. Dentists use materials that bond to your teeth, and are non-toxic.How do you know when you need a filling?Sometimes there are no signs that you have decay in your tooth - The cavity can only be seen by a dentist and sometimes only seen on an x-ray. However if you do have symptoms commonly the first sign that you need a filling is sensitivity or even pain while eating or drinking sweet or very hot or cold foods and drinks. How does a dentist place a filling?After deciding a filling is a good option and after discussing whether the procedure may be uncomfortable you may ellect to have a local anaesthetic that will numb the tooth and area around it.  Once the area is numb the decay is removed and a color-matched filling is bonded into place. Does getting a filling hurt?Filling procedures are normally painless due to the anaesthetic that dentists use. There may be discofort and bruising after your procedure caused by the numbing process and sometimes trauma to the gum around the tooth - the gum sometimes needs to be pushed aside to place the restoration successfully. Your tooth may be sensitive for a while and this, in most cases subsides over a couple of days. If your filling is deep and close to the middle of the tooth where the nerve is, and feels like it is not settling, contact your dentist for advice. It maybe that your tooth may require further treatment such as a root canal treatment or (worst case scenario) extracting What are fillings made from?You may have heard of fillings being made of many different materials: while in the past the most common materials were mercury-silver amalgam and even gold, today at Milford Dentists we use colour matched tooth coloured composite resin - this consists of glass beads in a plastic matrix. We also use glass ionomer filling material which slowly release fluoride and works very well in some decay prone areas of the mouthWhat are ‘amalgam’ fillings?Amalgam fillings have been very popular over the past 150 years of dentistry, and while known as Amalgam, are mostly made up of 50% mercury and metals like silver, tin, zinc and copper.  At Milford Dentists we offer an  service, for customers wanting to replace these fillings with white composite fillings.Why go for Composite fillings? White fillings bond to your teeth making your tooth strongerThey are colour-matched and can blend into your smileSee our blog "why choose white or coloured fillings"How long do fillings last?While many sources will tell you that fillings will only last 5-7 years, white composite fillings can last for over many many years if they are well looked after by both dentist and patient. Of course, maintaining a high daily level of oral hygiene is a good start to , but your smoking status and dietary choices can also affect how long a filling lasts.Will fillings look unnatural in my smile?One of the most important benefits of white composite fillings is that they visually match the rest of your teeth, and can brighten your smile overall.  How can I book a consultation for fillings?You can  on the phone or online to ask about booking a consultation for fillings or filling removal. With a particular interest in placing  and cosmetic dentistry, we promise not only to fix your problem tooth, but also to improve your smile and send you out the door looking happier than ever!​

What Would Happen if You Never Treated a Cavity?

Dental cavities can be a hassle for busy people who are short of time. Although ignoring the pain and discomfort of tooth cavities isn’t advisable. The outcome for ignoring a decaying tooth or cavity can only be further deterioration. Here is a guide to learning what happens when you leave a cavity untreated.Further deterioration and decay means that it will inevitably grow in size. Additionally, dental decay will make tooth structure brittle and prone to cracking and the bacterial infection (tooth decay) is likely to compromise surrounding teeth as well.  At an early stage dental decay would would most likely result in a , which is generally successful and straightforward.   Severe nerve painA consequence of dental decay can be pain which can’t be conveniently ignored as a cavity progresses. The decay eventually reaches the nerve. At this stage, routine dental fillings won’t be enough to solve the problem. A solution would be either a  or tooth extraction.Bacterial infectionA bacterial infection may arise in the  jaw bone when bacteria destroy the pulp/nerve in the middle of the tooth.  This could lead to a change in the pain symptoms and sometimes swelling of the gum around the area. Also bacterial infection in the gum and bone can lead to systemic infections (ie infections and inflammatory damage eleswhere in the body like cardiovascular disease)Serious illness and deathIn the days before modern technology in western countries, serious illness and death as a result of a tooth cavity were more commonplace. Nowadays it’s rarer, but it’s still technically possible. Although this article isn’t an attempt to scare-monger it does aim to help people to consider real risks. The rule of thumb is that  evolve and worsen quickly. The results to your health, wellbeing and wallet can be disastrous.Staying on top of your dental hygieneThe good news is that to mitigate against the damage caused by cavities, you can make some regular routinised changes to your life. When practiced daily, these changes will keep cavities at bay. Brush twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste.Clean in between your teeth daily with dental flossEat nutritious, balanced meals and avoid sugary snacks between meals.Visit your dentist regularly for a general check-up. A regular oral examination will rule out the vast majority of problems. Having regular check-ups for cavities ensures that these horrible outcomes remain worst-case scenarios that only happen to other people. Speak with Milford Dentists about a broad variety of services we offer, including cosmetic dentistry, tooth whitening services, fillings, dental implants, orthodontics and braces. Our dental services cover the full spectrum of life-long care and our patients and their families are happy with our services. ​

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10 FAQs about Fillings

What is a filling?

A filling is a procedure used to restore a hole in a tooth, or to repair a chipped tooth and return it to its original shape. Dentists use materials that bond to your teeth, and are non-toxic.

How do you know when you need a filling?

Sometimes there are no signs that you have decay in your tooth - The cavity can only be seen by a dentist and sometimes only seen on an x-ray. However if you do have symptoms commonly the first sign that you need a filling is sensitivity or even pain while eating or drinking sweet or very hot or cold foods and drinks. 

How does a dentist place a filling?

After deciding a filling is a good option and after discussing whether the procedure may be uncomfortable you may ellect to have a local anaesthetic that will numb the tooth and area around it.  Once the area is numb the decay is removed and a color-matched filling is bonded into place. 

Does getting a filling hurt?

Filling procedures are normally painless due to the anaesthetic that dentists use. There may be discofort and bruising after your procedure caused by the numbing process and sometimes trauma to the gum around the tooth - the gum sometimes needs to be pushed aside to place the restoration successfully. Your tooth may be sensitive for a while and this, in most cases subsides over a couple of days. If your filling is deep and close to the middle of the tooth where the nerve is, and feels like it is not settling, contact your dentist for advice. It maybe that your tooth may require further treatment such as a root canal treatment or (worst case scenario) extracting

 

What are fillings made from?

You may have heard of fillings being made of many different materials: while in the past the most common materials were mercury-silver amalgam and even gold, today at Milford Dentists we use colour matched tooth coloured composite resin - this consists of glass beads in a plastic matrix. We also use glass ionomer filling material which slowly release fluoride and works very well in some decay prone areas of the mouth

What are ‘amalgam’ fillings?

Amalgam fillings have been very popular over the past 150 years of dentistry, and while known as Amalgam, are mostly made up of 50% mercury and metals like silver, tin, zinc and copper.  At Milford Dentists we offer an  service, for customers wanting to replace these fillings with white composite fillings.

Why go for Composite fillings?

 

White fillings bond to your teeth making your tooth stronger

They are colour-matched and can blend into your smile

See our blog "why choose white or coloured fillings"

How long do fillings last?

While many sources will tell you that fillings will only last 5-7 years, white composite fillings can last for over many many years if they are well looked after by both dentist and patient. Of course, maintaining a high daily level of oral hygiene is a good start to , but your smoking status and dietary choices can also affect how long a filling lasts.

Will fillings look unnatural in my smile?

One of the most important benefits of white composite fillings is that they visually match the rest of your teeth, and can brighten your smile overall. 

 How can I book a consultation for fillings?

You can  on the phone or online to ask about booking a consultation for fillings or filling removal. With a particular interest in placing  and cosmetic dentistry, we promise not only to fix your problem tooth, but also to improve your smile and send you out the door looking happier than ever!

Milford Dentists