Fillings are utilised when tooth decay damages your teeth. Decay can range from tiny caries revealed only through sophisticated techniques to substantial tooth degeneration easily seen by the naked eye.
Your highly skilled Smiles by Hillside dentists routinely search all your teeth for cavities combining careful visual examinations with x-rays to discover decay. Tooth decay can be slowed or eliminated through the regular use of fluoride toothpaste and flossing, along with keeping your regularly scheduled hygienist and dental appointments.
When a cavity is discovered, your dentist will explain and recommend the need for a filling and the various filling materials available and recommended for your case. These materials will include high-quality dental ceramics and composites, as well as precious metals. Smiles by Hillside is an amalgam-free practice, so does not offer silver amalgam fillings. If you have older, amalgam fillings, your dentist may discuss and recommend replacement of these now-controversial fillings with safer, stronger materials, such as ceramics or composites.
Ceramic and composite filling materials offer the exclusive aesthetics of being able to be colour-matched to the tooth being filled. This allows for a filling that is virtually “invisible”. Your dentist and dental technician will place and sculpt your filling to perfectly match the contours of your tooth, while also accurately matching your bite alignment.
Your filling treatment will normally involve a single appointment, once your tooth decay is established by your dentist, and will include several steps:
- Oral numbing agent injection
- Removal of decayed tooth material
- Placement of filling material
- Shaping filling material & checking bite alignment
- Polishing your filling
If you suffer from anxiety or are nervous about your treatment process, please know that we understand and want you to be comfortable throughout your treatment. Your dentist can discuss available solutions that can better allow you to have a relaxed, assured treatment experience.
If you are interested in Fillings – please call us on 020 8346 0668 or send us a message through our form for your Initial Consultation!