When your tooth shows signs of decay, your Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry dentist can help to stop it before any further damage is caused. Fillings are applied to small and developing cavities to restore your tooth back to its normal shape and prevent any further decay.
When you visit for a check up, your dentist will use a small inspection mirror to assess the surface of your teeth, looking for signs of decay or little cracks and fissures. They will let you know as soon as they see anything that might require treatment, and a small filling is a lasting preventative solution that far outweighs a root canal treatment, which can be the result of extensive decay. By closing up the gap, your dentist is preventing bacteria from getting in and preserving your tooth in the least invasive way.
The process is straightforward and often only requires one or two appointments with the team. Once your dentist has assessed the area that requires treatment, they will clear out any decay before filling the clean cavity with a material of your choice.
There are a number of different materials that can be used to fill a hole in your tooth. Indirect fillings are those that require a couple of visits to Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry as the tooth is treated with a tailormade filling that has to be crafted to your needs in a dental laboratory before fitting. Direct fillings are those that can be applied in one sitting, or chairside. White or tooth coloured options prove to be the most popular of these options as they remain the quickest and most natural-looking of the options – no one can tell that you’ve had a filling.
Should you require a filling, your dentist will discuss with you the different options available and best advise on the most suitable for you and your teeth.
When was your last check up? Contact Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry on 0141 427 4530 today to book your next one.