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Types of Tooth Filling

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Types of Tooth Filling

30 May 2023

When it comes to treating tooth decay and preserving your dental health, selecting the right type of tooth filling is crucial. At 33 Dental, we understand the importance of informed decision-making. In this blog post, we will delve into various types of tooth fillings, their characteristics, and their suitability for different situations. Let’s explore the world of dental fillings:

Composite Fillings

Composite fillings are a popular choice for those seeking tooth-coloured fillings. Made from a mixture of resin and ceramic particles, composite fillings are matched closely to the natural colour of your teeth, making them virtually indistinguishable. This aesthetically pleasing feature makes composite fillings an excellent option for filling visible areas of the tooth. Additionally, composite fillings bond directly to the tooth structure, providing added support and strength to the tooth. Composite fillings are an ideal choice for small to medium-sized cavities.

Ceramic Fillings

Ceramic fillings, also known as porcelain fillings, offer excellent durability and resistance to staining. These fillings are custom-made to match the colour of your existing teeth, ensuring a seamless and natural-looking smile. Ceramic fillings are an optimal choice for individuals seeking aesthetically pleasing and long-lasting restorations. They are especially recommended for larger cavities, as they can withstand greater chewing forces and provide superior strength.

Inlays or Onlays

Inlays and onlays are indirect fillings that are fabricated in a dental laboratory before being bonded to the tooth. Inlays are used when the decayed area is confined to the central portion of the tooth, while onlays are used when the decay extends to one or more of the cusps. These types of fillings are typically made from composite resin, ceramic, or gold. Inlays and onlays offer a conservative approach to tooth restoration by preserving the maximum amount of healthy tooth structure while providing a durable and natural-looking solution.

Gold Fillings

Although less commonly used today, gold fillings have been a reliable option for dental restorations for many years. Gold fillings offer exceptional durability and longevity, making them suitable for areas with high chewing forces. They are highly resistant to corrosion and do not stain over time. While gold fillings may not be as aesthetically pleasing as tooth-coloured fillings, they remain an excellent choice for patients who prioritise durability and strength.

What is the process of fitting tooth fillings?

The process of fitting a tooth filling typically involves several steps to ensure a successful and long-lasting restoration. First, your dentist will administer local anaesthetic to numb the area around the tooth being treated, ensuring a painless experience. Next, the dentist will use specialised dental instruments to remove the decayed or damaged portion of the tooth, creating a clean and stable foundation for the filling. The tooth is then thoroughly cleaned and prepared for the filling material.

Depending on the type of filling chosen, the dentist will either apply layers of composite resin or place a premade filling material, such as ceramic or gold, into the prepared cavity. For composite fillings, the material is applied in layers and each layer is hardened using a special curing light. This process allows the dentist to shape and mould the filling to closely match the natural contours of the tooth. Once the filling material is in place, the dentist will carefully polish and adjust it to ensure a comfortable bite and seamless integration with the surrounding teeth.

Throughout the procedure, the dentist will take care to check your bite and make any necessary adjustments to ensure proper alignment. Finally, our dental experts will advise on proper oral hygiene practices and may schedule a follow-up appointment to monitor the success of the filling. With the skill and expertise of those at 33 Dental, fitting a tooth filling can restore both the function and appearance of the affected tooth, helping to maintain oral health and prevent further decay or damage.

When it comes to selecting the most appropriate type of dental filling, considering factors such as durability, aesthetics, and the location of the filling is crucial. At 33 Dental, we offer a wide range of filling materials and personalised recommendations tailored to your specific needs. Our experienced dentists will assess your oral health and guide you in choosing the ideal filling type to restore and enhance the beauty and functionality of your teeth. Remember, maintaining regular dental check-ups and promptly addressing tooth decay are key to preserving your natural teeth for years to come.

If you feel as though you require any kind of filling, get in touch with our team and we will schedule a consultation.

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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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