Tooth Coloured Fillings Sherwood Park
Dental fillings are a way of both restoring function and shape to teeth that have been damaged by decay or fracture. It works by removing all decayed material, cleaning and then filling the area using other materials, which in the case of tooth coloured fillings, is usually a composite resin.
The resin is initially matched to the natural shade of your teeth so that it looks as natural as possible. Once all the decay has been removed and the surface prepared for the filling, composite resin is placed into the preparation. It is then hardened with a curing light in multiple layers. Next, the filling is cleaned and polished to ensure there are no sharp edges or bulges to provide a finished look. The bite is then checked and adjusted in ensure the new filling fits properly.
Signs You May Need A Filling
Seeing a dentist for an examination is the only true way to know if a filling is required. However, there are a few signs to look out for that might indicate you need a filling:
- Sensitivity - If you are struggling to eat specific foods such as sweet or sour or if you are finding temperature sensitivities too hot and cold.
- Pain - Do you experience a dull ache, throbbing or sudden pain when you chew or bite your food?
- Damaged Teeth - If you have cracked or chipped teeth, or existing fillings have become broken or cracked.
- Floss Breakage - If, when flossing, you find that the string breaks or frays, it could be a sign that it is catching on the uneven surface of your tooth due to leakage of an existing filling or a new cavity.
- Roughness - If you run your tongue over your teeth and you find a rough surface, even after brushing and cleaning, it could be a sign of damage or decay.
Benefits of Tooth Coloured Fillings
- Natural Aesthetics - Tooth coloured fillings blend into your mouth, unlike gold or metal that can stand out.
- Dental Health - Filling required to fix decay are necessary for dental health and to stop decay from spreading which can lead to infection or further treatment. Decay when left unchecked can also lead to halitosis and other oral infections so it is best to deal with dental decay as quickly as possible.
- Quick - Fillings take very little time to complete, especially compared to other procedures. Having a filling completed early before anything extensive is needed is best.
- Insurance - Many dental plans will cover tooth coloured fillings, although you should always check with your provider.
As you can see, tooth coloured fillings are an excellent option for dental decay or small tooth fracture. It is important to note that if your tooth has a substantial amount of decay and too much tooth structure has been lost, a crown may be recommended instead to restore the tooth. Also, if the decay has affected the nerve chamber of the tooth, a root canal may be required. For a consultation or more information on our services, please visit our website.