Fillings are a common and effective type of restorative dentistry that can repair and restore teeth damaged by decay or minor fractures. Fillings can prevent further decay or infection, improve the function and appearance of your teeth, and relieve pain and discomfort.
When you have a cavity or a small crack in your tooth, your dentist will remove the decayed or damaged portion and fill the resulting hole with a material that matches the colour and shape of your tooth. This material can be made of various substances, such as composite resin, porcelain, gold, or amalgam. The choice of material depends on the location and extent of the damage, your personal preference, and your budget.
The process of getting a filling is simple and painless. Your dentist will numb the area with a local anesthetic, use a drill or laser to remove the decay or damage, place the filling material into the cavity, and harden it with a special light. You may experience some sensitivity or soreness for a few days after the procedure, but this should subside over time.
Fillings can last for several years with proper care and maintenance. You should brush and floss your teeth regularly, avoid biting hard or sticky foods, and visit your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings. Your dentist will monitor the condition of your fillings and replace them if necessary.
Fillings are a preventive measure that can help you maintain your oral health and avoid more costly and complex dental treatments in the future. By visiting the dentist regularly and following their advice, you can ensure your smile and health are in good shape.
If you want to learn more about fillings and how they can benefit you, please contact us or book an appointment online. We are happy to provide you with the best dental care possible.