Dentists in Anstey, Leicester 33 The Nook, Anstey, Leicester LE7 7AZ
0116 464 9002
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.
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.
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.
-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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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