Dentists use fillings to fill the cavities left by minor tooth decay or if the tooth suffers a minor fracture.
There are a variety of materials available to use for fillings. At Parklands Dental Practice, we use white fillings because they are less noticeable in your mouth. Using a filling prevents the tooth from further decay and possible infection and extraction and restores normal structure and function.
Does it hurt when you get a filling?
At Parklands Dental Practice, we do our best to keep you comfortable and relaxed throughout any dental treatment, including when you need a filling. The dentist will use a local anaesthetic to numb the area to keep you from feeling any discomfort.
How long do fillings last?
Fillings can last 5-7 years.
What can I expect during the procedure?
Getting a filling is a routine procedure that is completed in a single appointment.
The dentist applies a numbing anaesthetic to the infected area, cleans out the infected portion of the tooth, and then disinfects it. Once that is done, your dentist will fill the cavity created with the filling material.
A special light is used to cure the filling, and the dentist smooths off the rough edges before checking your bite.