Fillings are used to “fill” holes in your teeth which are caused by tooth decay, poor oral hygiene, or an unhealthy lifestyle. There are many different types of filling available depending on the cavity at hand.
How do I know if I need fillings?
If you are caused physical discomfort or self-consciousness due to a large cavity in your teeth, then you most likely require a filling.
Fillings can allow you to eat and drink without feeling pain in your cavity-stricken tooth, and they can also allow you to feel more confident when you smile!
How do fillings work?
Fortunately, fillings are usually simple enough to rectify – if the problem is identified and diagnosed at an early enough stage. Your dentist will examine your mouth and, if necessary, use specialist tools and/or X-ray equipment to locate the source of the issue. Here’s how it works:
1. First, the dentist will numb your tooth if required (as well as the surrounding teeth and gums) with a local anaesthetic, meaning that you won’t feel any pain during the procedure.
2. Next, the dentist will use a drill to clean away any decay in the cavity, removing bacteria in the process. This helps to stop the decay process from getting worse.
3. Finally, the dentist fits the filling into the clean cavity. The exact method for this varies depending on the type of filling you are receiving.
Tooth Fillings FAQ’s
Normally, your tooth will be sensitive to heat and cold for about 2 days after the filling. Some people don’t notice any pain, and for those that do the pain is normally very mild. You should feel no pain and be back to normal in three days.
With regular care and maintenance, a typical filling will last 5-10 years before it needs to be replaced.
If you have any other questions that are not covered here, please feel free to contact our friendly team who will be more than happy to help you.