Tooth decay is the main reason you may require a filling. If your dentist recommends you need a filling, a cosmetic option would be to choose a white filling that matches the shade of your natural teeth and gives you a more attractive smile.
A filling treatment is a safe procedure that is carried out in one visit:
- You will be offered a local anaesthetic to prevent any discomfort
- Once your dentist has removed the decay, your tooth is restored with a very hard tooth-coloured material that will withstand the forces in your mouth when you bite and chew over a long period of time
- Your dentist will then polish the tooth and your filling will not be visible when you smile
Replacing silver fillings
Many people don't want silver (amalgam) fillings that show when they laugh or smile because they are conscious of the way they look. Replacing your silver fillings will allow you to smile without a metallic glint, giving your teeth a more natural appearance. Replacing silver fillings is a safe procedure that involves your dentist taking out the amalgam filling first and removing any decay from your tooth before placing a tooth-coloured filling.
Our dentists routinely use rubber dam to improve treatment results and in the case of removing an amalgam filling, to prevent any risk of exposure to mercury. Rubber dam is a thin, rectangular sheet of rubber used to isolate the area that is being treated from the rest of your mouth. Its purpose is to keep the filling material dry so that a better outcome is achieved and to prevent instruments and materials from being inhaled, swallowed or damaging the mouth.