At Totally Smiles, we are dedicated to helping our customers achieve the dental health and winning smile they deserve. From prevention to restoration, we will go the extra mile to provide excellent dental care.
What are fillings?
Fillings are the most common dental restoration for rebuilding a broken tooth or removing decay.
Types of fillings
Composite fillings (also called white or tooth-coloured fillings) are the latest technology for filling a tooth. They use a strong composite bond that binds to your teeth, resulting in a strong but natural-looking restoration, which can be colour-matched to your teeth. These fillings provide long-term strength without the risk of fracturing the tooth, resulting in an aesthetically-pleasing tooth that is free from mercury and less susceptible to hot and cold sensitivities.
Composite fillings may not always be suitable. For example, a large filling in a back tooth may require dental amalgam because molars get a lot more wear and tear. Amalgam is made up of a mixture of metals, usually including silver, tin, copper, zinc, and mercury.
Some people are worried about the use of dental amalgam because it contains mercury. While high levels of mercury are harmful to human health, the level of “free” mercury (mercury that could get into the body) in set amalgam fillings is so tiny that it has no effect on health.
What happens during the procedure?
For tooth decay, we will give you pain relief to numb the area and make sure you don’t feel a thing. We will then remove the decay using a drill and other tools. We will clean and dry the cavity and then fill it to return it to its original shape and appearance.
What if a filling isn’t enough?
Our innovative and modern technology, partnered with our understanding of your unique needs, work hand in hand to give you back your confident smile. Apart from fillings, we offer other restorative solutions such as:
- Inlays or onlays
- Dental crowns, bridges, or dentures
- Dental implants
- Root canal treatment
We are proud of our dentists who are ethical and honest. You can rely on us to provide you with clear explanations about your options so that you can make informed decisions that are right for you and your oral health.For more information about fillings, contact your local Totally Smiles practice today, or book an appointment online now.