How do fillings work?

If you chip or crack a tooth, or suffer from minor tooth decay, your dentist will usually recommend repairing the tooth with a filling. This is a minor dental procedure that restores the natural shape and function of a damaged tooth. Fillings can prevent additional tooth decay, reducing the probability that more invasive dental procedures will be needed in the future.

When might I need a filling?

Fillings are a simple, fast, and cost-effective solution to several dental issues, including:

  • Cracked or chipped tooth.
  • Tooth decay.
  • Replacing traditional silver coloured fillings.
  • Minor reshaping of uneven surfaces.

What happens when I get a filling?

Fillings are minor procedures that can be completed in a single visit. Your dentist at Exeter Advanced Dentistry will numb your gums and then clear the affected area, removing any decayed tooth material and traces of bacteria. He or she will then fill the cleaned out cavity with a strong material that bonds with the remaining healthy tooth. By sealing the spaces that bacteria can enter, the filling will help to prevent further tooth decay. Dental fillings are a very common procedure – in fact, according to a recent study, over four-fifths of the U.K. population have at least one filling. On average, each adult has seven fillings.

What happens if I don’t get a filling?

Dental decay is the destruction of tooth enamel – the hard, outer layer of your teeth – caused by plaque, which forms when you eat or drink foods containing sugars. If you leave tooth decay unchecked it will progress, causing toothache, bad breath, and sensitivity. Over longer periods of time, tooth decay will spread to the pulp at the centre of the tooth, requiring root canal treatment or even tooth extraction. Tooth decay is much easier and cheaper to treat while it is in the early stages, so it is important to make appointments for regular check-ups with your dentist.

Will anyone be able to see my filling?

No – at Exeter Advanced Dentistry we only use tooth-coloured filling material that flawlessly blends in with the rest of the tooth. Your filling will look completely natural and no one will be able to tell it is there. If you have older amalgam fillings that are silver coloured and are self-conscious about them, we can replace these with natural coloured fillings.

For more information or to make an appointment, contact Exeter Advanced Dentistry today. We look forward to welcoming you.

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