What is it?
Tooth fillings – one of the most common procedures in dentistry – are a restoration procedure used to literally “fill” holes, or cavities, in teeth.
Fillings are used to replace tooth structure and repair cavities in teeth which may have been caused by:
- General wear.
The tooth filling procedure begins with cavity preparation, where your dentist will remove any remaining decay and completely clean and shape the final cavity for easy, effective filling.
The next step in the process is the actual ‘filling’ of the cavity: a composite-resin filling material is placed inside the cavity. This is then cured, or hardened with a curing light.
The final step in the process it to polish the filling to adapt it smoothly to the natural shape of the tooth.
Why might you need it?
Tooth pain and/or sensitivity to cold and/or heat is often an indication of a cavity that may require filling.
During regularly scheduled dental and oral health check-ups and dental cleanings, your dentist and/or dental professional (such as your dental hygienist) will check for any cavities, decay, fractures or breaks that may require filling.
You may also require new tooth fillings to fix or replace existing fillings. Fillings can develop cracks or simply wear down due to daily oral function such as chewing. Your dentist will monitor the integrity of your fillings during regular exams and we will recommend replacing a filling if a problem is detected.
Remember: it is essential that you visit us regularly for scheduled check-ups to catch and repair cavities and/or compromised teeth fillings before they lead to much bigger dental issues.
What can The Esthene Dental Centre do for you?
Long gone are the days of unsightly, painful fillings. Modern dentistry techniques and materials now allow us to combine aesthetic appeal with strength when filling teeth.
At The Esthene Dental Centre, our dentists have years of experience in performing stress-free, comfortable tooth filling procedures. This expertise, combined with the very latest techniques, means we are able to perform fillings, using a variety of materials, that will closely mimic the look and feel of the natural tooth.
Note: in some cases, cavity preparation could see a much larger space being created, larger than recommended for a regular filling, and our dentist may then recommend an inlay or a partial crown (also known as an onlay) instead. In this case, we will perform a restoration procedure designed to replace more tooth structure than a normal filling. This may require more than one visit: during the first visit we will make an impression of the affected tooth/teeth and send that impression off to a dental laboratory for the inlay or onlay to be prepared. Once we receive that back from the lab, we will call you for a second visit during which the inlay or onlay will be placed.