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Tooth fillings

 

A regular visit to your dentist ensures that your teeth stay in a great condition and are examined by a professional so that problem areas can be identified and corrected. However from time to time we all still need treatment /fillings etc

A dental restoration or dental fillings as they are more commonly called are used to restore missing tooth structure by filling the cavity/ hole. Cavities are most commonly the result of tooth decay but other causes include cracked or broken teeth, or teeth that have been damaged by nail-biting, tooth grinding or trauma . Once the need for a filling is diagnosed, your dentist will remove the decayed portion of your tooth and then fill the area with the most suitable filling material. During what is a short pain free appointment.

What type of filling can I have ?

Here at LS1 Dental Leeds you have a choice – If cosmetics are important to you and you would like your fillings to match the colour of your teeth then it is most likely a tooth-coloured / composite filling would be your best option. The team can even blend shades so they’ll precisely match your tooth colour. – This can also be an option if you wanted to replace old Amalgam fillings that you were no longer happy with

A lot of patients come to us asking to change their old unsightly silver fillings to be replaced with new tooth coloured composite ones . Most patients wait until there is need to replace ie new decay etc . However should a patient want us to remove them for personal health reasons or cosmetic then we can ensure that this is done under the safest possible procedure, quickly and effectively – gaining fantastic results and improving the overall look of a smile for our patients

Types of fillings

  1. Composite (tooth coloured) Fillings made of a tooth-coloured composite (powdered glass and ceramic added to a resin base) are popular because their colour can be matched to your teeth. Despite advances intechnology, composite fillings are not quite as durable as amalgam fillings and they may need to be replaced more frequently. They’re also more expensive than amalgam fillings.
  2. Amalgam (silver) These are the most common type of silver-coloured fillings. They contain a mixture of metals including mercury, silver, tin, and copper. Although they offer strength and durability, some people don’t like the way they look.
  3. Ceramic (tooth coloured) Ceramic fillings are often made of porcelain, which makes them durable and aesthetically pleasing.. which are extremely strong which makes them suitable for larger cavities – here at LS1 we have the facility to make these I house with the use of Cerec technology – conventionally these would normally be made by a dental technician and take a week to make – here it can all be done in one visit – http://www.ls1dental.co.uk/treatments/cerec
  4. Gold Some patients ask for gold fillings as they can be very fashionable . They may cost more than amalgam fillings, but when used and maintained correctly they can last a very long time.
  5. Glass ionomers These fillings are often a good choice for children as they can release fluoride, which can help prevent further tooth decay.

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