Your teeth are a vital part of your life. They allow you to choose from the incredible range of foods in the world. They are instrumental in speaking clearly. They also form a central part of your look – your smile. With all that in mind, it’s worth looking after them so that they can continue to serve you for years to come.
All that being said, the world takes its toll on our bodies. Even if you have a good dental hygiene routine, it’s possible that one or two holes have started to appear in your teeth. Dental decay can be exacerbated by certain foods and drinks, lifestyle choices and problems with the alignment of your teeth. When you visit us at Leamington Spa Dental Practice, we will do an examination of your mouth to check whether your teeth need any attention.
Fillings in Leamington Spa – the basics
If you visit your dentist regularly, they can check for signs of cavities. Caught early enough, they may be able to be repaired without fillings.
If you do need a filling, the more you know about the process, the better prepared you will be. Fillings are one of the most basic dental treatments. They have been around for a long time.
In order to fit a filling, your dentist will drill away the area where you have decay. A filler material is then added to the appropriate spot to plug the hole and protect the tooth. This substance hardens quickly and becomes durable enough to withstand the rigours of everyday use.
You will have a choice when it comes to the filler material that is used for any fillings you need. Traditionally, a silver-coloured material, composed of mercury and other metals, are used. These are still common today and usually available on the NHS. They are called amalgam fillings. They are hard wearing but visible in the mouth. Some patients do not like these fillings being obvious when you open your mouth.
White fillings are also available. They are designed to blend in with your teeth and so they are actually more tooth-coloured. It used to be that white fillings were not quite as durable as amalgam fillings but there are materials available now that give comparable longevity. Many patients now choose white fillings as a more aesthetically pleasing solution.