Are you suffering from moderate to severe tooth decay? One of our most popular “repair your teeth” services is dental fillings, that are used to repair cavities in your mouth.
Tooth decay is caused when patients’ consume food in high sugars on a regular basis. As a result of excessive sugar intake, leads to a build-up of plaque and bacteria which then leads to tooth decay. Inconsistent brushing and flossing can also contribute to the problem and make tooth decay significantly worse.
Tooth decay often starts off as minor and small but if nothing is done about it at your local dentist, it can escalate and the worst case scenario may be tooth extraction or gum disease. If you are suffering from tooth decay, we urge you to get in touch with us today so that we can check our availability and book your appointment as soon as possible. Call us today directly on 020 8942 8943!
Tooth Coloured Fillings
Until recently, amalgam was the only material available to fill cavities. Thankfully, the arrival of composite fillings provided a strong, safe and more natural-looking alternative. Originally only used for front teeth because of their softer consistency, modern improvements to their composition make them now suitable for back teeth too.
Composite comes in a range of shades that can be matched closely to the colour of your teeth. Most people have fillings of one sort or another but today, because we are much more conscious of our smile, we can choose a natural looking alternative White fillings have always been considered less long lasting than silver fillings but there are now modern materials available with properties comparable to silver amalgam, and these are proving to be very successful.
Tooth-coloured fillings are much better suited and used for small to mid-sized fillings that need to withstand moderate pressure from the constant stress of chewing. Moreover, they can be used for either the front or back teeth. If you are a patient that cares about the aesthetics of your teeth, tooth coloured fillings are the perfect option as they are a popular choice for a more natural look.
Dental Amalgam Fillings
Dental amalgam is the traditional silver-coloured filling we are all familiar with that is made from a mixture of metals including mercury, silver, tin and copper. Research into the safety of dental amalgam has been carried out for over 180 years and to date, no reliable controlled studies have found an association between amalgam fillings and any medical problem. Whilst composite (tooth coloured) fillings are becoming more popular, amalgam fillings are still durable and long-lasting restorations.
Dental Amalgam Fillings are highly durable, long-lasting and are still one of the best fillings available to this day. They are particularly beneficial for patients that have high risk of tooth decay and they are also really cost-effective, in comparison to alternate fillings.
The procedure for having a filling done is fairly simple and straightforward for our dental professionals. Once you are nice and comfortable, it’s likely that we will use a local anaesthetic to numb the area we are treating so that we can remove all the parts of the bad tooth. Secondly, our dentists will make sure to clean out the area to make sure that the remaining tooth is completely free of any bacteria that could cause infection. Finally, the tooth is then filled and coated that resembles your natural tooth colour.
The length of time that fillings last can vary from patient to patient. However, on average, fillings are likely to last anywhere between 5 and 25 years. The durability of your fillings will depend on the type of filling and materials you choose, how well you look after them and your general day to day hygiene habits.
Contact Westbury Dental Care and Implant Centre
If you have any concerns or questions about the fillings that we offer, please get in touch with us and our helpful and professional team will be more than happy to help. Alternatively, if you’re looking to book your initial consultation with us, call us directly today on 020 8942 8943!