Fast Effective Direct Fillings

Direct fillings

Direct fillings are done directly in your mouth in a single visit. The fillings “fill” in and restore the damaged or lost part of the tooth structure. 

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direct fillings Types

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  • Amalgam – traditional silver fillings that contain mercury and need a cavity to be shaped to create a mechanical lock.
  • Composites – adhesive fillings made of resin with fine quartz particles, which come in a variety of shades, colours and tints to look like natural teeth. They can be used for front and back teeth fillings.
  • Glass Ionomers are a tooth coloured material used where there is decay on back teeth. They release fluoride and thus prevent further decay in the area placed. Hence they are used as lining for deep fillings or for children’s teeth. 
  • Compomers are a hybrid of glass ionomers and composite restorations. They are often placed on the back teeth, especially in areas of tooth abrasion and abfraction.

The most common restorations tend to be tooth-coloured. Composite filings are made up of resins and particulate fillers and have superior strength and aesthetics.

The choice of which filling type is appropriate is made according to information provided on x-rays and the amount of remaining sound tooth tissue.

direct fillings procedure

  • The tooth is first anaesthetized.
  • The tooth is isolated from saliva and fluids using a rubber sheet.
  • The cavity is cleared of any infection. 
  • Damaged or fractured teeth are smoothed and cleaned.
  • The cavity is then restored.

benefits of direct restorations

  • It only takes a single visit.
  • Realistic aesthetic shades are available.
  • Uses bonding techniques to create good seals between the filling and tooth to prevent new decay from developing.
  • Great for smaller fillings.

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dental classification of fillings

After the caries or damaged part of the tooth has been cleaned up, the remaining cavity is given a classification to allow dentists to correctly record the filling.

  • Class I –restoration in a single surface of a tooth.
  • Class II –fillings in a tooth surface in between teeth.

The Perfect Smile is here to help you with our direct filling treatment. If you have any further questions, contact us on 01992552155.

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