If part of a tooth has been lost through decay or damaged due to an accident, your dentist may put in a dental filling. Dental fillings are used to fill a portion of tooth or plug the hole and stop any future pain or discomfort.
Types of Dental Fillings
There are two basic types of dental fillings:
- Traditional Amalgam Fillings
- Composite Resin Tooth-Colored Fillings
Our clinics uses the 3M ESPE Filtek for composite resin fillings. The 3M ESPE utilises developments in nanotechnology enabling high-quality restorations as well as excellent mechanical properties and strength.
Benefits of 3M ESPE Filtek
- 1. Nanosized filler particles create a brilliant polish and retention
- 2. Gives excellent strength, durability and wear resistance for even the toughest posterior restorations
- 3. Can be used for simple to complex restorations involving layering and combining two and opacities
- 4. Low polymerization shrinkage for less stress on the tooth and less sensitivity potential for patients
- 5. Fluorescence contributes to a more natural looking restoration
- 6. Unique nanocomposite-based restorative combines strength and high-quality esthetics
The above information has been taken from 3M ESPE website.
Procedure for Composite Resin Dental Fillings Treatment
The course of treatment described here is one of several options available at our dental clinic. Consult your dentist to find out what the best solution is for you, given your specific condition.
- 1. First evaluation and fillings tooth preparation
- decay in tooth is removed and clean cavity of bacteria and debris
- prepare space for the filling
- 2. Application of dental fillings
- tooth-colored material is placed in layers
- a special light that "cures" or hardens each layer is applied
- shape composite material to the desired result, trim off any excess material
- polish final restoration
Having dental fillings and fillings replacement done is a quick and relatively simple process. There should be little or no sensitivity in teeth.
Dental fillings treatment can usually be completed within one visit if warranted. If however, there are a large number of fillings, the visits may be separated for better patient comfort.
Care for Dental Fillings
To maintain your fillings, you should follow good oral hygiene practices:
- 1. Brush at least twice a day. It is good practice to brush after eating and before bedtime.
- 2. Floss at least once to twice a day.
- 3. Rinse with fluoride rinse before bed. Swish the fluoride rinse vigorously in your mouth for at least one minute. Do not swallow any of the rinse and do not eat or drink anything for 30 minutes
- 4. See your dentist for regular professional check-ups and cleanings. If your dentist suspects that a filling might be cracked or is "leaking", further assessment of the situation should be done
- 5. If your tooth is extremely sensitive, if you feel a sharp edge, if you notice a crack in the filling, or if a piece of the filling is missing, call your dentist