Here at Dorset House Dental your dentist will thoroughly examine your teeth to detect any signs of decay or cavities. If your dentist determines that you have a cavity, they may recommend a filling to prevent further decay and restore the tooth’s function. It is important to address any dental concerns promptly to avoid more severe problems down the line, such as tooth loss or infection.
WHAT IS A FILLING?
A filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal function and shape.
HOW DO FILLINGS WORK?
When the tooth decays, a hole (a cavity) is left behind. Leaving this cavity untreated creates a risk of bacteria which causes the decay remaining and spreading further to the nerve of the tooth causing pain and infection.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED A FILLING?
There are some signs that can indicate whether your tooth is decaying:
- Increased sensitivity to hot, cold and sugary foods
- Pain/sensitivity when biting or chewing
- General tooth pain
- If the tooth is rough, broken or chipped
- A previous filling has fallen out.
- Discoloration or visible pits or holes on the surface of a tooth can also be signs of decay.
In some cases, without realising or experiencing any symptoms, you may be affected by tooth decay, hence why we recommend regular check-ups with your dentist.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING TREATMENT?
Our dentists at Dorset House Dental will go through everything with you at the start of the treatment and will talk you through the stages as we treat you.
- Administer a local anaesthetic which will numb the area we are working on.
- Remove any damaged or decayed parts of the tooth using a handpiece before giving the area a complete and thorough clean.
- Apply the filling material to the remaining clean cavity space in the tooth. This not only restores the tooth to full function but helps to prevent further decay from happening by closing off the areas where bacteria are most able to get in.
- Finally, we’ll examine your bite and may reshape the filling if needed before polishing the filling material to create a smooth finish and a fully functional tooth.
WHAT ARE FILLINGS MADE OF?
There are a variety of different filling materials available, and we will always use the material that is most suitable for you and your particular case.
- The type of damage present, as well as the extent of the damage, location of the cavity, and personal medical history, can all influence the type of filling material used.
- Here at Dorset House Dental, we’ll always use the most appropriate material to ensure the long-term health of the tooth and the patient.