Restorative Dentistry

A tooth can become compromised by decay caused by a combination of factors such as mouth bacteria, sugary food and drinks and poor dental hygiene. Over time, these factors can weaken enamel, break down the tooth and cause a cavity. Once a cavity has formed, the tooth will continue to decay and become increasingly painful until the dentist is able to treat it.

Depending on the level of damage to the tooth, the dentist may recommend a tooth filling to fill in the cavity, repairing the damage caused by the decay and preventing bacteria from attacking the cavity further.If the decay is beyond repairable by a filling, dentist may suggest a root canal to repair the tooth or a tooth extraction to remove the tooth completely.

 

Fillings: Composite Resin

These fillings are a preferred filling type for many dentists and patients as they are ‘invisible’, blending into the patients’ teeth.

Composite resin fillings also adhere to the tooth better than amalgam fillings, bonding to the existing tooth. The filling is hardened in a few seconds using a special light placed into the mouth.

For those who shudder at the sound of the drill, a composite filling may be preferred because it requires less drilling, preserving the maximum amount of tooth.

Indirect Restoration: Ceramic Inlays

While a composite resin filling is a direct restoration and can be completed in the chair in one sitting, a ceramic inlay is an indirect restoration requiring more than one visit to the dentist.

Ceramic inlays and composite resin fillings both involve the removal of decay before the tooth cavity is filled in. In the case of a ceramic inlay, an impression is made of the cavity and sent off to a dental lab where a ceramic inlay is made to the exact size and shape of the tooth cavity.

A ceramic inlay also strengthens the tooth, as the inlay is cemented into the tooth cavity.

Tooth Filling Aftercare

After you have had your tooth filling with one of our highly experienced dentists, we will provide you with some aftercare instructions.

While composite resin fillings are dried and cured by the time you leave our dental clinic, you may still be experiencing the effects of the anaesthetic.

Our general advice is to avoid consuming any food or drink until the anaesthetic has worn off, which will help to avoid any injuries, scolds or other issues.