Information about Fillings
Why have a Filling?
Fillings are the treatment used to fill spaces in teeth where decay, erosion or cracks exist. A filling is used to return a tooth to health. At Smile Artistry we exclusively use White Fillings and no Amalgam. A Filling is indicated to treat teeth with minor-moderate cavities. When the tooth has a larger cavity or missing portion, a Porcelain Inlay-Onlay, Porcelain Crown and even Root Canal Treatment may be recommeded.
What is involved?
A Filling procedure is performed in the one appointment. Firstly, the tooth is numbed with a Local Anaesthetic. The tooth is then cleaned by drilling away the damaged, decayed, or cracked portion of the tooth. The filling is then placed in layers. The Filling is adjusted to fit into the bite and polished to give a smooth surface shape and texture.
What are the risks?
Filling Treatments have limited risks. The risks include: Damage caused in relation to the Local Anaesthetic, Root Canal Symptoms, Breakage, Difference in colour from Tooth to Filling, Debonding.
Tooth Sensitivity and Root Canal Risk: Following a Filling the tooth may be sensitive for a period of up to a month. As long as this settles normally during this period, no further treatment is required. Should the tooth have prolonged sensitivity, or begin to ache for periods of longer than one minute, the tooth may require Root Canal Treatment. This cannot always be predicted before the Filling is performed, only by reviewing symptoms after treatment can this be determined. The deeper the filling, the larger the filling, or where cracks are present, increase the chance of this happening.
Breakage Risk: When a White Filling is utilised to restore large portions of a tooth, the filling may not be strong enough. In these instances it is usual for the filling to break away or break into pieces. It is then recommended that to restore strength to the tooth, the tooth will require a Crown or Porcelain Inlay.
How do I prepare for the Treatment?
It is important to follow the pre-appointment instructions and prepare for after your appointments.
Take any prescribed medications strictly as directed.
Be prepared to follow special dietary requirements including having a meal beforehand, and avoiding hot and cold things for a few days afterwards.