Fillings are a very common treatment for tooth decay and damage, which are common discoveries when you are visiting the dentist at any age. There are two types of fillings, amalgam fillings (or silver fillings), which are strong but not aesthetically pleasing, and composite fillings (or tooth- coloured fillings), these are effective when the filling needs to match the colour of your natural tooth. Although fillings are a restorative dental treatment, prevention is always the best cure. It is important to teach kids good oral hygiene, brush and floss the teeth twice a day, and stay away from processed sugary foods which cause decay. It is also essential to visit your dentist for a checkup and clean once every 6 months.
When you arrive to receive your filling your oral health will be assessed and then local anesthetic will likely be administered. A rubber dam or bite block may be used to keep your mouth open and teeth dry, this is especially important when considering composite fillings, as the correct colour resin needs to set to the tooth. The tooth decay will then be removed and the filling prepared. Depending on whether you are receiving an amalgam filling or composite filling will determine the finer details of the procedure however the decayed area will be filled with the chosen material and set. A filling in most cases is done in one sitting however needs vigilant at home care to prevent further damage and should be assessed at your regular check ups at Forum Dental.
As with all invasive dentistry treatments we aim to create the least painful experience possible. We will use the relevant anesthetic to ensure you experience no pain during the treatment and will aid you with pain relief after the treatment as well.
Dental anxiety is completely normal and a lot more common than one might think. At Forum Dental we pride ourselves on making all of our patients, of all ages and from walks of life, feel as relaxed and comfortable as possible while receiving their treatment. There are many ways to ensure that no unnecessary discomfort is experienced during your appointment and thankfully our talented dentists and staff are trained in various methods and techniques that will decrease your anxiety. Oral health is extremely important, not only to your overall wellbeing but to your confidence as well. When you require dental attention or are at risk of compromising the future integrity of your smile you shouldn’t delay seeking treatment. Contact us today to discuss the different ways our friendly staff can assist you in getting the care you need.