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The clinical term for fillings is Restorations. These are used to restore the shape, form and function of teeth that are decayed, broken or worn away. They can be placed in the front or back teeth.
How do we assess teeth that are in need of fillings?
There are essentially three ways of examining teeth that may be in need of fillings:
Visual examination. An experienced dentist with a highly trained eye can use an instrument called “the dental probe” to carefully examine all the surfaces of each tooth in your mouth to detect for any breakages, fracture lines and/or infection of the tooth (decay). We also look for any deterioration in your existing fillings and other restorations.
X-rays. These are imaging techniques that use a form of electromagnetic radiation called x-rays to produce the image of the inside of any tooth onto a sensitive film. We use digital radiographs that have faster x-rays and lower emission rates making them safer than traditional radiographs. There are different types of radiographs that give different views of the teeth.
These x-rays help us to detect any infection or anomalies within the tooth structure or in bone. This is especially important when the outside of the tooth looks normal yet the tooth is giving the patient symptoms.
Use of light. A focused light can be reflected onto teeth at various angles to determine any changes in the tooth tissues. When micro-fractures or decay is present then the refractive index of the tooth show up these anomalies.
The aim of restorative dentistry is to:
- Restore the correct functioning of the tooth
- To preserve natural tooth tissues
- To support weakened teeth that has lost considerable tooth structure.
- To prevent further spread of any active infectious lesions
- To preserve the nerves of a tooth so that the tooth remains alive. We call this preserving the Pulp Vitality.
- To restore the aesthetics of a tooth. Teeth need to look like teeth regardless of whether they are back teeth or front teeth. If by restoring a tooth we can also improve the aesthetics then we do this at the same time.
“The main aim is to remove all the chipped, decayed and infected tooth tissue. We then try and conserve as much sound tooth tissue as possible.”
We achieve these aims by using a variety of white-teeth fillings that help restore and enhance your teeth. We commonly use materials such as new age composites and porcelains that are incredibly durable and aesthetically pleasing too. What are they are made of?
How Long Does a White Filling Last?
With any treatment we carry out, The Perfect Smile uses a variety of high-range products and technologies that can guarantee us and you the best results.
Our highly skilled and experienced dentists take great pride in their work and can assure you that your filling will last for the foreseeable future.
After your white filling treatment, we strongly recommend having regular check-ups with the dentist. This is so the dentist can re-examine each filling and restoration in your mouth to make sure that it is still secure and not deteriorating in any way.
Procedure: How long do they take to do?
Direct fillings are done in one appointment and indirect fillings are done in two appointments. However, the actual length of time to restore any tooth will depend upon the complexity of the treatment and the extent of the damage in the tooth.
More complex rehabilitations will take longer than simple fillings. The length of time for treatment will also be dependent upon the number of fillings required. More.
Our dental white fillings are designed to help restore and improve your dental oral hygiene. If you believe that your teeth are suffering from decay, don’t hesitate to get in contact with us today on 01992552115.