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Dental Fillings Leicester

Dental Fillings Leicester

Dental fillings are used to restore missing tooth structure by filling the cavity (hole). Typically, we’ll remove the decayed portion of your tooth and then fill the area with the most suitable filling material.

Cavities are usually the result of tooth decay but other causes include cracked or broken teeth, or teeth that have been damaged by nail-biting, tooth grinding or trauma.

What are the different types of fillings

Amalgam (silver)

These are the most common type of silver-coloured fillings. They contain a mixture of metals including mercury, silver, tin, and copper. Although they offer strength and durability, some people don’t like the way they look.

Advantages of amalgam fillings

  • Durability – lasts at least 10 to 15 years and usually outlasts composite fillings.
  • Strength – can withstand chewing forces.
  • Expense – is less expensive than composite fillings.

Gold

Some people find gold fillings more aesthetically pleasing than amalgam fillings. They may cost more than amalgam fillings, but when used and maintained correctly they can last a very long time.

Advantages of gold fillings

-Durability — lasts at least 10 to 15 years, usually longer; doesn’t corrode.
-Strength — can withstand chewing forces.
-Aesthetics — some patients find gold more pleasing to the eye than silver, amalgam fillings.

Composite (tooth coloured)

Fillings made of a tooth-coloured composite (powdered glass and ceramic added to a resin base) are popular because their colour can be matched to your teeth. Despite advances in technology, composite fillings are not quite as durable as amalgam fillings and they may need to be replaced more frequently. They’re also more expensive than amalgam fillings.

Advantages of composite fillings

  • Aesthetics — the shade/colour of the composites can be closely matched to the colour of existing teeth; is particularly well suited for use in front teeth or visible parts of teeth.
  • Bonding to tooth structure — composite fillings actually chemically bond to tooth structure, providing further support to the tooth.
  • Versatility in uses — in addition to use as a filling material for decay, composite fillings can also be used to repair chipped, broken or worn teeth.
  • Tooth-sparing preparation — sometimes less tooth structure needs to be removed compared with amalgams when removing decay and preparing for the filling.

Ceramic (tooth coloured)

Ceramic fillings are often made of porcelain, which makes them durable and aesthetically pleasing. Usually, they have to be carefully made by a dental technician and so can be more expensive than composite fillings. They are however very strong which makes them suitable for larger cavities.

Advantages of ceramic fillings

  • Ceramics are made most often of porcelain, are more resistant to staining than composite resin material.
  • This material generally lasts more than 15 years.

Glass ionomers

These fillings are often a good choice for children as they can release fluoride, which can help prevent further tooth decay. They’re rarely used on the biting surface of adult teeth as they can wear more rapidly than other types of filling material.

Advantages of glass ionomer fillings

  • Glass ionomers release fluoride, which can help protect the tooth from further decay.
  • Suitable for fillings below the gum line and for fillings in young children.

If decay or a fracture has damaged a large portion of the tooth, a crown, or cap, may be recommended. Decay that has reached the nerve may be treated in two ways: through root canal therapy (in which nerve damaged nerve is removed) or through a procedure called pulp capping (which attempts to keep the nerve alive).

Only your dentist can detect whether you have a cavity that needs to be filled. During a check-up, your dentist will use a small mirror to examine the surfaces of each tooth.

Anything that looks abnormal will then be closely checked with special instruments. Your dentist may also X-ray your entire mouth or a section of it. The type of treatment your dentist chooses will depend on the extent of damage caused by decay.

What to expect during a filling

  • Local anaesthesia – at the beginning of your filling procedure, you may be given local anaesthesia to numb the area around the tooth.
  • Tooth decay removal – then the dentist will cut through the enamel using a drill to remove any decay. After the dentist removes the decay, the dentist will shape the space to ready it for the filling.
  • Etching – for a bonded filling your dentist will etch the tooth with an acid gel before placing the filling.
  • Resin application – for certain types of fillings the dentist will layer on the resin and harden it using a bright light. This makes it strong.
  • Polishing – after the filling has been placed, your dentist will polish the tooth

Is a tooth coloured filling recommend?

If you would like your fillings to match the colour of your teeth then it is most likely a tooth-coloured filling will be your best option. We can even blend shades so they’ll precisely match your tooth colour.

  • They look natural
  • They are a quick and affordable way to correct dental flaws
  • The procedure is entirely safe – it’s exactly the same as having silver fillings
  • They bond to the teeth to prevent breakages

Do tooth coloured fillings last as long as amalgam fillings?

Amalgam fillings have always been considered more durable than tooth-coloured fillings because metal is generally a stronger, more robust material. However, the latest composite materials now mean that tooth-coloured fillings last longer than ever before. How long your tooth-coloured filling lasts will depend on its location within your mouth and how heavily your teeth come together when you bite. We can offer expert advice on all these issues.

What can happen to a filling after it is fitted?

Fillings, regardless of colour, are not indestructible. They can fall out, crack or leak, especially if decay develops around them. The good news is that we can repair your fillings in all these cases.

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COVID-19 update

Many of you will be aware that during the latest Covid 19 update dental practices have been given the green light to re-open the surgery from 8th June. Whilst this is good news, there are a number of procedures that we have being putting in place to make treatment safe for our patients and staff, as we are sure you will appreciate, this is taking some time to set up.

Our intention is, if at all possible to commence opening on the 8th June but this is entirely dependent on our ability to obtain training and appropriate PPE which as you know there is a great shortage of. This equipment will be essential for us to be able to operate.

From 8th- 29th of June we will be prioritising the most urgent of cases including those who have been experiencing problems during this lockdown period. We will contact you directly to arrange an appointment. This period may be extended if required.

Rest assured we are trying our utmost to source this PPE as soon as possible to enable us to extend our treatment further to include fillings, crown/bridge work, root treatments and surgical extractions, scale & polish ect.

We anticipate that it will be several weeks before we will be able to commence these more advanced procedures.

This is a rapidly changing environment which we are adapting to as quickly as we possibly can. We really appreciate your patience and understanding throughout this difficult period and look forward to welcoming you back to the practice soon.

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