Do I need a filling?
Fillings are used to repair damage to teeth caused by decay, often called a cavity. When bacteria in the mouth rests with sugars or acids left over from foods, it can erode small areas of teeth. Once the protective enamel is damaged it is easy for decay to spread deeper into the tooth structure. Decay can cause pain, discomfort or sensitive teeth and if left untreated can lead to further damage including infected tooth pulp, gum disease, and even tooth loss.
Composite tooth-coloured filling
You can maintain the natural aesthetics of your smile with a compo-site tooth-coloured filling. There are various materials available which can make up a filling, but it’s a composite filling which provides the closest match with your teeth’s natural appearance. These can be used on teeth which have been fractured or have been damaged from decay, and can also be used cosmetically, such as for removing gaps from between teeth or repairing chips.
When filling a cavity which has been created due to decay, the in-fected area is cleaned out, then filled. The material is placed directly in the cavity or onto the tooth, where it will set. Further damage is prevented by filling the hole and stopping bacteria from spreading further into the tooth.
There are several advantages to choosing composite fillings:
- Close natural match to tooth colour
- Blends seamlessly with other teeth
- Chemically bond to the tooth so there is often no need for numbing the area
- Lower cost than gold or porcelain options
- Restores up to 95% of original tooth strength
- Easily repaired if damaged
Every case is unique, and a filling may be only one part of addressing and repairing your dental health.If the damage to your tooth is too extensive, your dentist may recommend a porcelain crown or a Onlay or Inlay.
Onlay & Inlay
An Inlay is usually a indirect restoration(filling) consisting of a solid substance (as in porcelain or gold) fitted to a cavity in a tooth and cemented into place. This technique involves fabricating the restora-tion outside of the mouth using dental impressions of the prepared tooth, rather than placing a soft filling into the prepared tooth before the material sets hard.
An Onlay is the same as an inlay, except that it incorporates a replacement for a tooth Cusp by covering the area where the missing cusp would be, were as Dental Crowns cover all the surfaces of the prepared tooth.