About Dental Fillings
A dental filling is a way to restore a tooth that has been damaged by decay to its original form and function. Closing the gap is not only aesthetically appealing, but stops further decay and returns the tooth to full strength.
How it is done
Dental fillings require our dentists to remove the decay from the tooth by drilling and cleaning the affected area. The patient will not feel any discomfort as the teeth, gums and mouth will be numbed before the procedure. Once a clean surface is achieved, our dentists can fill the gap. There are many different types of fillings, ranging from gold, silver, porcelain or plastic fillings, but 3rd South Dental always uses top grade professional tooth colored fillings, so that your smile always looks flawless. After the procedure, the patient might feel some discomfort but it will subside. For future care of the dental filling, patients are asked to look after their oral hygiene and invest in toothpaste or floss for sensitive teeth to not irritate the filling. With proper care, the tooth coloured dental fillings offered at 3rd South Dental can last up to 15 years.
Tooth coloured fillings are especially beneficial as other fillings, such as traditional silver amalgam, tends to expand and contract when exposed to different temperatures. This causes the fillings to occasionally crack and break, whereas tooth coloured fillings do not expand and contract, making them a safer option. These dental fillings can also be custom shaded to blend right in with the rest of your teeth for added confidence. Tooth coloured fillings are also bonded to the teeth for added strength and require a minimal amount of the damaged tooth to be removed before placement.
Cavities are the cause of the decay that require a dental filling. Cavities occur when bacteria from certain foods and beverages turns to acid in our mouths. This acid, as well as bacteria, other food particles and saliva build up plaque on your teeth. The acids in the plaque wears away at our tooth enamel and creates small holes (cavities).
Do you need a dental filling
You may need a dental filling if our dentists identify a cavity that structurally impairs the tooth. This identification can be done during a regular checkup or through x-rays of the mouth.