Dental Fillings

Is that hole in your tooth causing a throbbing pain? Do you want to relive that pain and be able to eat normally again? Why not try composite resin fillings? They are a more natural looking alternative to those unattractive silver fillings. Dr Danka or Dr Chothia can help you enjoy life without a nagging toothache. He is a professional dentist that can insert composite resin fillings for patients in Bedfordview.

What are Composite Resin Fillings?

Composite resin fillings are tooth fillings made from powdered glass and resin that match the colour of your natural teeth. Because they have a more natural looking appearance, they have become a favourite choice for many of Dr Danka’s Bedfordview patients. Composite fillings can be customised to match the shade of your teeth making them practically inconspicuous. Our dentists may also recommend you use them to fix broken teeth or restore chipped and cracked teeth. They are flexible which means that they can be better moulded to fit your teeth.

Are Composite Fillings Safe?

Composite fillings are one of the safest dental fillings. Unlike amalgam fillings, they do not contain metals that may pose health risks. It is however always best to ask your dentist what materials will be used in your fillings. They can make sure your composite fillings are free of toxic materials that could harm you.
New and safer materials are being used in many common dental procedures today. If you have concerns about the chemicals used in your fillings, speak to Dr Danka or Dr Chothia about using BPA-free (Bisphenol A) composite fillings. BPA is an industrial chemical used in the making of certain plastics and resins.

When would I need a dental filling in my tooth?

Here are some signs and symptoms that you may need a tooth filling:

  • Constant toothache – toothache is a common sign that you may have cavities that need to be filled.
  • A hole in your tooth – even though some holes in your teeth may not give you pain or discomfort, they will expand if not filled timeously.
  • Broken, cracked or chipped teeth – fractured teeth caused by physical contact can be easily remedied with fillings.
  • An existing filling broke or fell out – waiting too long to have your filling replaced can cause tooth decay, lead to root canal, or ultimately tooth loss.

How long do Composite Fillings Last?

As with many things in life, taking proper care of them will make them last longer. The same goes for your composite fillings. They have a shorter lifespan than silver fillings but are much more durable. Many patients have seen theirs last anything from 5-7 years. There are however, various factors that could negatively or positively affect their lifespan. Maintaining good oral hygiene can increase the lifespan of your fillings by up to 3 more years. Grinding your teeth or chewing hard foods do tend to decrease their lifespan so try to avoid doing either.

What are the Benefits of Composite Fillings?

  • An aesthetically pleasing appearance.
  • They are durable and able to resist fracture.
  • Less drilling is required and they can be fitted in one visit.
  • The bonding agent hardens within a few seconds.
  • They result in fewer instances of tooth sensitivity.
  • They can be repaired if they start to degrade.

How does the Composite Fillings procedure work?

Although it is a straightforward procedure that can be completed in a single visit, there are factors that determine how long it will take. The size of your fracture or cavity and its location, as well as how many fillings you need could make the procedure last longer or require more than one visit. Your dentist will determine if you need more than a single appointment.

  • The shade of your filling will be selected
  • Your tooth and its surrounding areas will be numbed
  • A hole will then be drilled into the enamel to remove decay
  • The area to be filled will then be cleaned and dried
  • Etching and bonding your tooth will be done
  • The hole will be layered with the composite material and a light will be used to cure it. This is to make it set.
  • The doctor will then shape, contour and polish it
  • Your bite will be checked and you will be asked if you are happy and comfortable with the outcome
  • You may experience some sensitivity after you have had your filling but that shouldn’t take too long to subside. Do not apply force to the filling until the numbness has worn off.

How do I take care of my Composite Fillings?

It is imperative to take care of your fillings to ensure they serve you for many years. Follow these guidelines for a healthy mouth and great smile:

  • Maintain good oral health by brushing and flossing properly.
  • Avoid hard, chewy foods as they can damage your filling.
  • Visit Drs de Wet Danka & Associates twice a year for dental exams and cleanings.
  • Educate yourself about strategies that extend the life of your fillings.

How do I avoid needing fillings for my teeth?

  • Visit Dr Danka or dr Chothia regularly for dental examinations.
  • Use a fluoride toothpaste and brush twice a day.
  • Always rinse your mouth after meals.
  • Eat healthy foods and limit or avoid sugary foods and drinks.
  • Avoid grinding your teeth

Why choose Dr Danka for your Composite Fillings in Bedfordview?

Although composite fillings have proven to be a safe and reliable alternative to amalgam fillings, some patients may still be unsure whether it is right for them. Speak to a dentist about the choices available to you. They will be happy to discuss what is right for your particular needs. Our dental specialists have performed many of these procedures and is and experienced dentist that puts the oral health needs of his patients first.
If you are in need of premium dental care in Bedfordview, make an appointment with Dr Danka or Dr Chothia. You can rest assured that your composite filling procedure will be performed by a dental professional that provides exceptional services. Dr Danka makes use of innovative dental equipment and high-quality white fillings that ensures satisfying results. They are fully capable of not only restoring the functions of your teeth, but also the wellness of your overall oral health.

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