Dental Health Care
73 Ware Road
Hertford SG13 7ED
A filling replaces part of a tooth that has been lost or had to be removed due to decay or accidental damage. Unlike amalgam (silver) fillings, white fillings stick to the teeth so they can be used to repair teeth (especially the front teeth) which have been chipped, broken or decayed.
The benefits of having a white filling are;
Most people have fillings of one sort or another in their mouths but nowadays fillings are not only functional, they can be natural looking as well. Many people don’t want silver fillings that show when they laugh or smile because they are more conscious about the way they look.
What does the procedure involve?
First of all the dentist would make the treatment comfortable by giving some local anaesthetic to make the tooth and the surrounding tissues numb. Any decay that is present will be removed, the tooth will be washed with water and then air dried. The surrounding tooth is then built back up with the material; a small band might be placed around the tooth to ensure the contacts between the teeth either side is sufficient enough to enable you to clean in between them thoroughly. A bright light will then be used to set the filling material, and then it will be shaped and polished. Finally your bite will be checked to ensure the new filling is comfortable.