Fillings do exactly what the name suggests and fill cavities in teeth caused by tooth decay. They stop the pain caused by exposed nerve endings in tooth roots and halt the cavity from becoming worse. Fillings are a very common occurrence, with the majority of people having at least one filling in their lifetime.
If you are experiencing sensitivity to certain types of food temperatures or you have a bad tooth ache, then it’s possible that you have a cavity in your tooth enamel and require a filling. Your dentist will be able to fully determine if one is needed by using either a special dye to detect a cavity or by assessing your teeth via X-ray.
Yes. There are a number of different materials used for individual types of fillings. These types of fillings include:
Firstly, some procedure may require local anaethetic to be used, and then the surfaces of the teeth are professionally cleaned. The area is kept dry with cotton wool or a rubber dam and is shaped and etched using an acidic gel. The bonding material is then applied and hardened with a special curing light. The tooth and bonding material is then buffed and polished into the correct shape, leaving a smooth and natural looking smile.
Although Amalgam fillings contain mercury, its poisonous effects are lost once it is mixed with the other materials. The mercury thus becomes harmless, and there have been no reported cases linking amalgam fillings and poisoning.
If looked after very well, amalgam fillings can last for up to fifteen years, however the average is around seven.
There may be some sensitivity directly after having a filling in your tooth, but this is likely to disappear after around a week. It is best to avoid eating and foodstuffs which increase the sensitive feelings on your tooth during this period. It is always important to maintain a good level of oral hygiene and it is no different with fillings. If poor oral hygiene becomes an issue, then the rate at which your filling deteriorates will increase or even more fillings will be required.
Private costs and NHS costs vary, so it is always advised to check prices first. Usually, prices start from £45.