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Think you might have a cavity? Lost a filling? You’re not the only one.
While taking good care of your oral health is important and reduces the chance of needing a filling, tooth decay is still very common and most people will likely need fillings at some point during their life.
What is a dental filling?
Fillings are a common dental treatment designed to fix a hole in your tooth due to decay or other damage. Cavities are one of the most common dental ailments and can easily be rectified by removing the decay and then filling the hole with a selection of safe tooth-coloured materials to restore the tooth to its original form and function.
We only use the most advanced filling materials available which are coloured to blend with your existing tooth and contain none of the mercury or other heavy metals that are common in older amalgam fillings. We will use the best material for your specific need – whether composite, glass ionomer, or ceramic porcelain – depending on the damage to your tooth and the application.
Why would I need a dental filling?
You may need a filling due to tooth decay, minor damage due to injury, or if you have lost an existing metal filling. If tooth decay or a cavity is not addressed it can worsen over time and cause ongoing damage to your tooth, possibly leading to sensitivity, pain, and even infection. The filling process will halt this deterioration and restore and strengthen your tooth, returning it to its original look and feel and allowing you to get back to the business of living.
More about amalgam replacement & white fillings
Restoring Your Teeth
This is the silver filling. They are made out of a number of metals including mercury. It is wedged into your tooth and held in place by ‘mechanical’ grip. It has gained some controversy over the last few years on the subject of causing mercury poisoning. The mixture of heavy metals also corrodes over time and can stain healthy tooth structure a grey to black colour. This creates a smile that shows dark grey teeth especially on the sides. We pride ourselves on the safe removal of amalgam fillings and discussing all options for their replacement. Tooth specific and appropriate materials will always be recommended and a full written treatment plan, including costs, presented to any patient requiring treatment.
This is your white filling. They are made out of a collection of resins and plastics that are bonded (glued) into your tooth. Because of this bonding the cavities that are prepared for them are a lot smaller than their counter parts for amalgam fillings and therefore considered better for the tooth. Composite fillings are tooth coloured so they blend in nicely with the surrounding tooth structure. They are technique sensitive and if not placed with the upmost care can cause further damage to your teeth. You need a skilled clinician to put them in your teeth properly. You will find these at the dentists.
Glass Ionomer Fillings
These fillings have glass particles and fluoride in them. This filling material is known as ‘biomimetic fillings’. This means that they ‘work’ for your tooth to prevent further disease and cavities. This is achieved by releasing tiny amounts of fluoride, which we know prevents tooth decay. They bond to your tooth so the cavities needed to support them in your tooth are minimal. They do tend to wear faster than the other types of fillings.
Mixed Glass Ionomer/Composite Fillings
This is a mix of 2 and 3. This technique gives you the best proprieties of both type of fillings, without the compromise of having each singly.
Porcelain (CEREC) Fillings
These are called either inlays or onlays. These are best available in dentistry. They not only are tooth coloured but unlike any other type of filling, they actually strengthen your tooth to help prevent the tooth from breaking in the future. They are designed using Cerec Cad/cam technology and bonded into your tooth. Together with the tooth they are as strong if not stronger than a normal crown.
Why dental fillings at the Dentists Whanganui?
At the Dentists, you can relax in our capable hands.
Our highly trained dental specialists are experienced in filling cavities, ensuring that you are comfortable and keep a beautiful smile.
No one wants to be hustled into a chair. We’ll sit down with you face-to-face in a comfortable room and discuss your situation.
The Power of Choice
We bring you back in for a free consultation to review all of the options. Get the information you need, then you can decide.
The Best Care Anywhere
You’re more than just a number. We want you to live the best life possible and we give you the very same care we’d give our own family.
Whether you’re just in for a check-up or are interested in a full makeover, we have the experience and expertise to get you the best results.
We have some of the best dental equipment and technology anywhere. Our state-of-the-art facilities result in less pain and better outcomes.
Come Here, Stay Here
Our network of highly-skilled experts means we can take care of all of your dental needs right here. No sending you to another dentist. You stay with us.