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.
The aim of restorative dentistry is to:
- Restore the correct functioning of the tooth.
- To preserve natural tooth tissues. Find out more.
- To support weakened teeth that have 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. What are they made of?
The Perfect Smile offers a wealth of cosmetic treatments that not only restore the natural aesthetics of your tooth; they can greatly improve its health too.
There are two types of fillings:
- Direct Fillings – these are done directly in the mouth and usually take only one appointment. They do not need a laboratory. The material is set hard directly in the mouth.
- Indirect Fillings – these require a minimum of two appointments and require laboratory made fillings that come in a single piece and are bonded into the tooth on a separate fitting appointment.
If you’re concerned that you made need a filling or remain unsure, you can contact us here for more information about our filling and restorative treatments.