What are the benefits of natural looking fillings?
Natural coloured fillings offer the same strength as your natural teeth. In conjunction with restrengthening a damaged tooth structure, they also limit further decay. The surface of a natural coloured filling is smooth, so food particles do not adhere, and is more resistant to staining. However, any whitening undertaken in the future may prove ineffective on areas that have been filled.
Tooth-coloured restorations are not reserved for new repairs. If you have had fillings previously that are amalgam, and find yourself longing for the natural look, we can help. G Dental also caters to those wanting their out-dated amalgam fillings replaced with more aesthetically pleasing materials. These fillings, when combined with a religious oral health regime, can last you anywhere between seven to 10 years. If the area is too large for a filling to cover, or you need more strength than a filling can provide, an inlay, onlay or crown may be advised instead.
Why should I get fillings?
Unfortunately, cavities are not a health issue that will just go away if you ignore them. If you experience pain or sensitivity when you consume hot or cold foods, you may wish to book in for a check-up. Similarly, if you are aware of any present cavities, you should also book an appointment. Dental cavities and tooth decay are not only painful; they can also negatively impact your health. Cavities are areas on the surface of your teeth that have been permanently damaged. This damage, if ignored, can increase and create a tiny opening or hole, which grows the longer it is ignored.
A large number of the general population find dental visits nerve-racking, or are too embarrassed about the state of their teeth to book a visit. Ignoring issues or discomfort that arises is not a healthy option and can exacerbate an issue further. If ignored for long enough, your cavity can lead to infection, and eventually tooth loss. The symptoms that accompany an infected tooth are often unpleasant, and repair work for these issues is more invasive than fillings. On the same note, losing a tooth also has a huge negative impact on your jaw structure and is not an ideal outcome either.
At G Dental, we aim to make all our patients feel safe and relaxed. We will discuss your concerns and what to expect throughout your treatment with you so there are no surprises.
Natural-looking Fillings FAQs
Is tooth decay a cavity?
Cavities are permanently damaged areas in the hard surface of your teeth that develop into tiny openings or holes. They are also referred to as tooth decay and are caused by bacteria in your mouth, sugary drinks and not having good brushing habits. The damaged area softens and this creates holes or cavities that grow larger over time if left untreated. The damage can also reach your dentin or the next layer of your tooth and eventually cause a root cavity.
Are dental fillings painful?
The process of having a dental filling placed does not cause any pain because your dentist will use an anaesthetic to numb the area before beginning treatment. You may, however, notice some mild discomfort or tooth sensitivity after you have had your filling placed. These side effects are completely normal and should resolve within a few days. If you experience discomfort and sensitivity for longer than a few days following the procedure, we recommend that you get in touch with us. Your dentist may recommend a follow-up appointment to allow them to check what may be causing your symptoms.
How long can I expect my teeth to be sensitive for after a filling?
It is common for you to feel discomfort and sensitivity in the treated tooth one to two days after the filling. If this persists for longer than a week then there may be something wrong with the tooth or the filling itself. It is best to seek your dentist’s advice if discomfort and pain persist for a longer period of time.
What are the benefits of tooth-coloured fillings?
Tooth-coloured fillings, also known as composite resin fillings, offer several benefits, including a natural appearance that blends with the teeth, direct bonding to the tooth structure for added support, conservation of healthy tooth material due to minimal removal, versatility for both front and back teeth, reduced post-treatment sensitivity, absence of mercury, ease of repair or replacement, adaptable shaping for a seamless fit, and reduced risk of expansion-related issues. These fillings provide an aesthetically pleasing and functionally effective alternative to traditional metal amalgam fillings, especially for smaller to medium-sized cavities, while maintaining the natural integrity and appearance of the teeth.
How will the tooth-coloured fillings look in my mouth?
Tooth-coloured fillings, also known as composite fillings, are designed to match the colour of your natural teeth, making them blend seamlessly into your mouth. The composite resin material used for these fillings can be customised to closely match the shade of your existing teeth, resulting in a restoration that is virtually indistinguishable from the surrounding tooth structure.
Your dentist will carefully select the appropriate colour and shade of the composite material to ensure that the filling closely matches your natural tooth colour. This allows the filling to blend in seamlessly with your smile, making it difficult to distinguish from your natural teeth.
The result is a more aesthetically pleasing and natural-looking restoration that will be virtually unnoticeable when you smile or speak. Tooth-coloured fillings offer a cosmetic advantage over traditional amalgam fillings, as they provide a more seamless and natural appearance in your mouth.
How will tooth-coloured fillings feel in my mouth?
Tooth-coloured fillings, or composite fillings, typically feel comfortable in the mouth. The smooth and contoured material provides a natural and comfortable sensation. Temporary sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures is possible but usually resolves quickly. If any concerns arise, it’s best to consult your dentist.