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What is a dental filling?

Dental fillings are a common and effective treatment for repairing teeth that have been damaged by decay or injury. Dental fillings are used to fill the space left by cavities or cracks in the tooth, restoring its strength and function.

The most commonly used type of filling is composite filling, which is made up of a plastic and glass mixture that can be matched with the colour of your natural teeth.

Dental fillings help to protect your teeth from further damage caused by bacteria, plaque and acids present in food, beverages and saliva. With proper care, dental fillings can last for many years before needing to be replaced.

At Connolly Dental, we provide tooth-coloured (white) fillings that look natural when you laugh, talk and smile. Contact us with any questions or book an appointment online.

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Types of dental fillings

The three most common types of dental fillings are composite, amalgam and gold.

Composite: A composite filling is the most commonly used type of filling. It is made up of a plastic and glass mixture that can be matched to the colour of your natural teeth. This makes it one of the most aesthetically pleasing options for tooth restoration.

Amalgam: Amalgam fillings are made up of a combination of metals and are silver in colour. They tend to be stronger and more durable than composite fillings, but are not as aesthetically pleasing.

Gold: Gold fillings provide the most durability and strength out of all the filling materials. They are also one of the more expensive options but can last for up to 15 years with proper care.

The Dental Filling Procedure

When you visit your dentist for a dental filling, they will first perform a thorough examination of the affected tooth. They will then remove any decayed or damaged areas of the tooth and prepare it for the filling. Once this is done, the dentist will fill the space with composite, amalgam or gold material. The dentist may also need to shape and polish the material for a better fit and look.

After the dental filling process is complete, your dentist will check to make sure that you are comfortable with the look and feel of the filling. They will also provide tips and advice on how to properly care for your dental fillings so that they can last as long as possible.

What are inlay and onlay?

Inlay and onlay are two of the more advanced types of dental fillings. Inlays are used to restore a tooth that has been damaged due to decay or trauma, while onlays are used to repair teeth that have suffered more extensive damage.

Both inlays and onlays are made from materials such as porcelain, composite or gold, and are custom-made to fit the tooth. Inlays and onlays can last for up to 15 years with proper care and maintenance.

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What are the benefits of white fillings?

The most obvious benefit of white fillings is that they are much more aesthetically pleasing than amalgam or gold fillings. They can also help to protect the tooth from further decay, while also restoring its strength and function. White fillings are easy to maintain and can last for many years with proper care.

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Aftercare Guidelines for Dental Fillings

Once you have had a dental filling, it is important to practice good oral hygiene and regularly visit your dentist for check-ups. Regular brushing, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash can help to keep your teeth and fillings healthy. Your dentist may also recommend the use of fluoride toothpaste or mouthwash, which can help to protect your teeth from further damage.

It is also important to avoid hard and chewy foods, as these can chip or break the filling. If you experience any sensitivity or pain after getting a dental filling, contact your dentist right away.

Alternatives to dental fillings

The alternative to dental fillings is root canal treatment, also known as endodontic therapy, which is used when the tooth’s pulp (the soft tissue inside the tooth) becomes infected or inflamed. This treatment involves removing the infected pulp and replacing it with a filling material. Your dentist will be able to advise you on the best option for your individual needs.

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Frequently Asked Questions

General dentistry refers to treatments and services that prevent disease and help you maintain your oral health. General dental treatments will diagnose any illnesses or diseases and design a personalised treatment regime that suits your condition and needs.

Dental fillings are generally not painful, but some mild discomfort or sensitivity may be experienced afterwards.

Yes, fillings can be done on children.

The lifespan of a filling can vary depending on the location and extent of the filling, as well as the patient’s oral hygiene. On average, dental fillings last between 5 to 15 years.

The cost of dental fillings varies depending on the type of filling and location of the dental practice. Most dental insurance plans cover the cost of dental fillings.

It is best to avoid eating or drinking for at least 30 minutes after the filling procedure, to allow the filling material to harden properly.

Alternatives to dental fillings include dental crowns and inlays, or root canal treatment (endodontic therapy) when the tooth’s pulp is infected or inflamed.

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