Tooth fillings at our Adelaide Dental Surgery.
Tooth fillings are one of the most common dental treatments, with most adults having one or more throughout their lifetime. When bacteria eats away at the tooth enamel, over time a hole can be formed. If the hole isn’t filled, there is a chance of bacteria reaching the nerve in the tooth, potentially causing considerable pain.
A dental filling, as the name suggests, is simply a small amount of compound which is bonded to the tooth in order to fill the unwanted hole.
What types of filling are available?
Traditionally, fillings were made of amalgam. This compound is extremely durable, with many fillings made from it lasting for decades. That said, it doesn’t suit everybody, not least because it is silver coloured, making it highly visible in a mouth of white teeth!
Luckily there are a number of modern alternatives to amalgam, including porcelain, resin, and even zirconia. Your dentist will be able to discuss the best option for your particular requirements.
What happens when I go for a filling?
Initially, unless the filling is very small, you will be given an anaesthetic to numb the area. The hole is then thoroughly cleaned, with any weakened or infected tissue being removed. This leaves the area clean and fresh, ready of the application of the filling. White fillings are then ‘set’ with a light, so they are fully set and ready to chew on immediately.
Very little after care is required once the numbness has worn off. These types of procedures are extremely safe and well-tolerated by the majority of patients. If you have any concerns, one of the very experienced dentists at Pellew Dental will be happy to advise appropriately. Book your appointment today.