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As a practice that promotes preventive dentistry wherever possible, we always do everything we can to prevent the need for a filling. There are times, however, when a filling is the most appropriate course of action in restoring a tooth to full function.

What is a filling?

Fillings are used to restore damaged or decayed teeth. As such, we use fillings to treat teeth that have developed a cavity or that have dental decay. In some cases, we’ll also use a filling to treat and restore a tooth that has been damaged due to injury or trauma.

How will I know if I need a filling?

For most of our patients here at Clocktower Dental Surgery, we’re able to diagnose the need for a filling before they experience any symptoms at all. We always check for decay during regular dental examinations.

However, if you are experiencing a toothache, pain when chewing or biting down, or increased sensitivity to hot or cold then this could be a sign that you’re in need of treatment. If this is the case, we’d encourage you to get in touch with us as soon as possible.

What happens during the treatment?

We will go through everything with you at the start of the treatment and will talk you through the stages as we treat you. First, we will administer a local anaesthetic which will completely numb the area we are working on. Then, we’ll remove any damaged or decayed parts of the tooth using a handpiece before giving the area a complete and thorough clean.

Next, we’ll apply the filling material to the cleaned out space in the tooth. This not only restores the tooth to full function but helps to prevent further decay from happening by closing off the areas where bacteria are most able to get in. Finally, we’ll examine your bite and may reshape the filling if needed before polishing the filling material to create a smooth finish and a fully functional tooth.

What are fillings made of?

There are a variety of different filling materials available, and we will always use the material that is most suitable for you and your particular case. The type of damage present, as well as the extent of the damage, location of the cavity, and personal medical history, can all have an affect on the type of filling material used.

As with everything we do here at Clocktower Dental Surgery, the patient is always at the heart of the treatment. This means we’ll always use the most appropriate material to ensure the long-term health of the tooth and the patient.

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