What is a tooth filling?
Dental fillings are used to replace the parts of the tooth that have been damaged due to decay or accident. By closing off spaces where bacteria can enter, a filling also helps prevent further decay.
In our clinic, we use composite filling material. They are matched to be the same colour as your teeth, therefore they are natural looking, provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small- to mid-size fillings that need to withstand moderate pressure from chewing. They can be used on either front or back teeth.
What happens during tooth filling?
You may be given local anaesthesia to numb the area around the tooth. Then the dentist will cut through the enamel using a drill to remove any decay. The dentist will then clean the affected area and shape the space to make it ready for the filling. The objective is to leave as much natural tooth structure as possible. The cavity will then be disinfected and dried before the composite filling material is put in place and hardened by blue light. Finally, the dentist will polish the tooth.
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. As soon as the anaesthetic has worn, you are able to eat, chew and drink as normal.