Fillings are one of the most basic methods of restoring teeth. They do exactly what their name suggests – they fill a hole in the tooth that has been caused by decay, playing an important role in helping us to keep a tooth for many more years.
In the past fillings were always made out of either gold or a silver-coloured alloy called amalgam. Both of these materials are extremely durable and in some circumstances they are still the best choice available. But they both have one disadvantage – they do not match the natural white teeth in appearance.
At Redcliffe Dental Practice, we use the most effective, modern, tooth-coloured materials to enable you to have white fillings. Unlike the more traditional grey amalgam fillings, the tooth-coloured ones look very natural, so no-one will be able to tell you have them. We can use either a special type of reinforced plastic called composite, or a variety of different ceramic materials related to glass or porcelain. This means that we can create beautiful, natural looking fillings that wont spoil you smile.
We will usually numb the tooth with our WAND system. This delivers anaesthetic in a precise, pain-free manner, and numbs only the area around your teeth rather than a large section of your mouth, making the procedure much more comfortable for you.
When the decay has been removed, the tooth will be filled. For tooth coloured fillings, the material is placed into the hole in layers, with a special light being shone on each layer to speed up the setting process.
We will then shape the filling, so that it looks and feels as realistic as possible.