Fillings
General Dentistry

Once decay has taken hold in a tooth, it will continue to damage more and more of the tooth, becoming more painful until it is treated. A filling repairs the damage caused by decay and stops any more bacteria from entering the tooth.

Types of fillings

Composite fillings are a popular and natural-looking solution made of resin. Composite resin is soft and malleable so it can be shaped to fit the cavity. A blue light is then used on the composite to harden it. The finished result is very durable and is coloured to match natural teeth.

Ceramic fillings, because they are made by dental technician, can be made to look extremely natural. These are made from high grade dental ceramic material and though the ceramic itself is not inherently strong when compared to other materials, the filling is chemically bonded to your tooth which increases the strength exponentially.

What is the procedure?

First and foremost, thanks to modern anaesthetics and the way they are administered, getting a filling is virtually painless. Dr. Essack will start by numbing the tooth and the area around it, before removing any decay. The objective is to leave as much sound, natural tooth structure as possible.

The cavity will then be disinfected and dried before a filling material is put in place. Once the material has hardened, Dr. Essack will shape it to look and feel just like a natural tooth.

How long does a filling last?

Fillings are situated in a warm, wet, bacteria-filled environment and are placed under constant stress and movement.

Despite this, the average life of a filling is about 12 years.

Sometimes things go wrong and a filling may crack, break or even fall out.

However, with a regular oral hygiene regime, the life of a filling is substantial.

After care

When a filling has just been placed, it’s advisable not to eat or drink until the anaesthesia has worn off. This can take from one to three hours. Sensitivity to hot and cold drinks may occur for a few days after the procedure.

Composite resin is completely cured by the time you leave the dental surgery. As soon as the anaesthetic has worn, you are able to eat, chew and drink as normal. If you experience any pain or the new filling simply doesn’t feel right, come see us immediately