Dental Fillings and Restorations
Here at Ashgrove West Dental, we provide a range of different filling types to suit the clinical situation
Types of Fillings
Dental restorations are common, fundamental treatments that aim to restore and replace the structural loss of your teeth. Our fillings including white and tooth coloured fillings, and traditional amalgam fillings.
Composite Resin Fillings
These fillings are made to match with your natural tooth colour, they are composed of a mixture of plastic and glass compounds, and are ideal for restoring front teeth and smaller fillings.
Glass Ionomer Fillings
These fillings are made from a combination of acrylic acids and fine glass, and can be applied to areas of teeth with little to no drilling or preparation needed. These fillings are well suited for gum line areas.
These fillings are also referred to as silver fillings, which have been used in dentistry throughout history due to their high durability and low cost. They are used in areas with higher biting pressure, as well as areas that are not very visible.
Reasons for Needing a Filling?
The most common reason for needing a filling is tooth decay. Fillings are needed when the decay has reached the dentine layer of your tooth (second layer), often causing symptoms of pain and sensitivity. Dental decay can occur on any tooth surface, however, most commonly occurs on the top of your teeth or in between teeth, generally as a result from inadequate cleaning, poor diet, and not enough fluoride.
Fillings may also be needed on teeth that have been worn down. This is often caused by over brushing, grinding teeth, or erosion (from either too much acid in your diet or gastric reflux). The filling acts as a protective barrier from decay and plaque, reducing any sensitivity that may be experienced.
Trauma and failed fillings
Reasons for failed fillings can include fracturing, either by the filling or tooth itself, excessive wear, dental caries around the margin of the filling, or leaking fillings, where debris and saliva seep down between the tooth and filling.
Filings may also be needed for aesthetic reasons. A simple filling can be used to restore a chipped or broken tooth to its natural look and use. Discoloured areas on teeth can be covered by fillings, improving their appearance.