Restore your teeth back to full health with our discreet fillings.
From an early age, the importance of maintaining a good oral hygiene routine is drilled into us (no pun intended, ok maybe it is!), and for good reason. If we don’t brush and floss our teeth on a daily basis, then cavities will develop leading to the need for fillings.
What are fillings?
Fillings do exactly what their name says they do, they fill in a hole in your tooth with safe dental material. The hole in your tooth is what is known as a cavity and is caused by plaque and bacteria. If you don’t brush your teeth and the plaque and bacteria build up, your tooth can start to decay, resulting in a hole or cavity.
Fillings help stop decay from spreading by filling in the hole in your tooth. This enables you to retain your tooth, rather than needing to have it extracted. At Angle House Orthodontics, we use four different types of fillings:
- Plastic or composite fillings
- Silver or amalgam fillings
- Gold fillings
- Porcelain fillings
When are fillings required?
Not only are we told to maintain a good tooth brushing routine, it is also recommended we have regular check-ups with your dentist, ideally once every six months. During these check-ups, your dentist will be checking each tooth for signs of decay, identifying any plaque or bacteria build up where a filling may be required. If your dentist notices a cavity developing in a tooth, he or she will most likely recommend a filling.
Another sign you may have a cavity and require a filling is if you have toothache. A cavity is an infection caused by bacteria so it will become sore. If you have toothache, contact the team at Angle House Orthodontics today so we can undertake a full assessment and let you know what treatment you may require.
What do fillings look like?
Fillings are a discreet form of restorative dental treatment because the filling sits in the centre of your tooth. The only time a filling can really be seen is if you open your mouth wide to laugh, but even then some fillings are more discreet then others.
If you need a filling or would like one of our specialist dental professionals to check your teeth, call our friendly team at Angle House Orthodontics today.