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Your complete guide to tooth fillings

Tooth fillings play a crucial role in maintaining oral health and restoring teeth affected by decay or damage. Having a tooth filling is a very common dental procedure, however you may have some questions, which we will explore further.

Understanding tooth fillings

So, what exactly is a tooth filling? Tooth fillings are dental restorations used to repair teeth that have been damaged by decay or trauma. They help restore the structure and function of the tooth while preventing further decay or deterioration. 

Types of fillings

At Gosford Family Dentists we use several types of tooth fillings, including:

    1. Amalgam Fillings: Made from a combination of metals, amalgam fillings are durable and long-lasting. However, their colour may be noticeable, making them less aesthetically pleasing.
    2. Composite Fillings: These resin-based fillings blend seamlessly with your natural tooth colour, making them a popular choice for visible teeth. They’re less invasive than traditional amalgam fillings and are aesthetically pleasing.
    3. Ceramic Fillings and Porcelain Fillings: Made from tooth coloured material that closely resembles natural tooth enamel, These fillings are highly aesthetic and durable, making them an excellent choice for visible teeth.

The filling procedure

At Gosford Family Dentist, getting a tooth filling is a straightforward process. It typically involves the following steps:

  1. Assessment: One of our experienced dentists will examine the affected tooth and determine the extent of decay or damage.
  2. Local Anaesthetic: If necessary, local anaesthetic will be administered to numb the area around the tooth.
  3. Removal of Decay: The decayed or damaged portion of the tooth will be removed using a dental drill or other instruments.
  4. Filling Placement: The filling material will be placed in the prepared cavity and shaped to restore the natural contours of the tooth.
  5. Light Curing: If composite fillings are used, a special light will be used to harden the material.
  6. Final Adjustments: The filling will be trimmed and polished to ensure a comfortable fit and natural appearance.

Aftercare tips for your tooth fillings

After getting a tooth filling, it’s essential to practise good oral hygiene habits, including regular brushing, flossing, and routine dental check-ups. Avoid biting down on hard or sticky foods immediately after the procedure, and follow any additional instructions provided by your dentist.

Do you need a tooth filling? Contact Gosford Family Dentist 

Regular dental check-ups are key to catching decaying teeth early. By staying proactive and following our aftercare guidelines, you can ensure your fillings serve you well for years to come. Book your next appointment with Gosford Family Dentists online or give our friendly staff a call on 4325 3221 today.

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