Why are more people choosing Composite Dental Fillings?


Introduction

Since we started back in 2004, Mouth Dental has been a beacon of excellence for people seeking the best in oral health care. We always provide a flawless and complete patient journey from routine to cosmetic dentistry, backed by our team of experienced consultants and specialists who are at the top of their profession. In our cutting-edge technological facilities, we provide our patients with complete oral care solutions from composite dental fillings, root canals, and teeth whitening and more. Our multi-clinic setting in London serves over 9000 patients who have regained the confidence of their restored beautiful smiles.

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What are dental fillings?

If you get a cavity in one or more your teeth, dental fillings are usually the recommended treatment, as they help prevent infections and protect your tooth from further tooth decay. There are a variety of materials used for dental restorations but the most common are amalgam and composite, also referred to as composite resin.

What conditions and concerns are dental fillings used for?

Dental fillings are a dental restorations treatment used to repair damaged, decayed or worn teeth. They are used to repair cracked or broken teeth and help prevent further deterioration by ‘filling’ in the cavity or crack.

Composite Dental Fillings vs other types of dental fillings

There are different types of fillings used and depending on your requirement you will be recommended the best option for you.

Composite fillings – These fillings have a more natural appearance as the composite resin can be customised to match the shade of your teeth, making them practically unnoticeable.

Amalgam fillings – These were the most widely used filling materials previously, but composite fillings have been growing in popularity. Dental amalgam is also referred to as silver amalgam or silver fillings because of their appearance. Following strict safety conditions, an amalgam putty is formed and softened and placed and shaped into the prepared cavity. It then rapidly hardens into a solid filling and fills the cavity.

Ceramic fillings – This is a long-lasting filling with an expectancy of about 15 years, which consists of a type of dental porcelain. It is a two-visit process and can be quite expensive.

Glass ionomer fillings – This is a flexible paste that is used as a sealant to help your tooth remain protected. It is used to form a tight seal between the compromised tooth and the environment. Out of the materials used for fillings, this is the least durable and is typically used to plug smaller cavities.

Gold fillings – Also known as inlays or onlays, gold fillings are a mix of an alloy of gold, copper and other materials. They are very durable with a lifespan of about 20 years or more but are also the most expensive. Gold fillings require more than one visit to complete the process and are very visible once placed.

Benefits of Composite Dental Fillings

  • Natural appearance – These tooth coloured fillings blend in well with the tooth enamel so as to look natural and not stand out against your teeth. They are practically invisible.
  • Stable – Composite fillings can be placed with minimal enamel removal when compared to silver dental fillings. This allows your tooth structure to maintain its integrity and strength. The filling actually provides additional strength to the weakened tooth.
  • Non-toxic – This is perfect for those susceptible to allergies as resin fillings have no adverse effects.
  • Quick results – Composite fillings harden quickly, bonding with your tooth within a few seconds, and are less likely to pop out. Once the filling is applied to the enamel, a special light helps accelerate the hardening process.
  • Temperature resistant – Their insulating properties help keep them resistant and protected from hot and cold foods, which means they do not weaken or crack due to expanding or contracting.
  • Versatile – Composite fillings are used in a variety of dental care treatments, such as repairing chipped, cracked, broken or worn-down teeth, besides being used to fill cavities.

The procedure

The composite dental fillings procedure is quite straight forward and can be completed in one visit, unless yours is a special case requiring anything further appointments. It is a minimally invasive treatment.

Your dentist will select a shade of composite resin that best suits your natural tooth colour. This will be done at the start before your mouth and teeth dry out so as to make the match as close as possible.

Then an anaesthetic will be administered to numb the tooth and the surrounding area, so that you feel no pain. Your dentist will then drill your tooth enamel to remove the decayed part of the tooth. Then the tooth will be cleaned and dried and depending on the level of damage your tooth has, it could include some tooth shaving.

Your dentist will then etch and bond the tooth. Composite filling will be layered into the hole in your tooth and once filled, a special light will be used to cure the composite filling and help it set securely. As the filling is applied in layers each layer is cured individually with the light before moving onto the next.

Once hardened, your dentist will shape and contour the treated tooth and polish it. Finally your bite will be checked to ensure that you are comfortable, and that tooth can function properly after the treatment.

Are Composite Dental Fillings permanent?

Composite fillings are incredibly strong and great to treat most cavities but are not permanent and will probably have to be replaced after about 7 to 10 years.

Composite Dental Fillings aftercare and maintenance

Proper aftercare and maintenance will help your composite dental fillings last and so it is important that you follow the recommended dental care procedures. You should maintain good oral hygiene to safeguard all your teeth and incorporate an oral care routine to your day. Right after the procedure, take the prescribed medicines to control tenderness and get in touch with your dentist if the sensitivity persists beyond a few days.
Avoid drinking hot beverages right after the procedure and do not chew from the treated side till the numbness has worn off.

Composite Dental fillings at Mouth Dental

Mouth Dental has the benefit of top qualified in-house dental specialists and consultants so that our patients receive the best care backed by high-end-digital dentistry, specialist treatments and care. We offer extended open hours and always opt for the minimally invasive treatment option whenever possible. If you are looking for fillings that are not visible then our composite fillings treatment is the right choice for you, as our dental experts ensure a very close match to your existing tooth enamel colour. We only use high quality dental products which can be purchased at our clinics as well. We ensure that you never miss scheduled appointments with texts and emails, so you have one less thing to worry about.

You can make use of our payment options for your treatments that help spread out the cost. We also have a ‘pay as you go’ option that allows you to pay for the treatment you have carried out. Learn more about our 0% interest-free finance over 12 months and the 9.9% interest for up to five years, done in partnership with Chrysalis Finance.

Composite Dental fillings cost

The cost of composite dental fillings can range between £40 to £250 and will depend on each individual patient requirement. Contact us today for more details.

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Mouth Dental

With a base of over 9,000 private dental patients, Mouth Dental is a multi-clinic practice based at South Quay and Churchill Place in Canary Wharf as well as Nine Elms SW11. Find out more below.

South Quay

Canary Wharf

Churchill Place

Canary Wharf

Nine Elms

SW11 – opening Summer 2022

Nine Elms, Battersea
2 Ravine Way
Legacy 1 Building
Embassy Gardens, Nine Elms
Battersea, London
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South Quay, Canary Wharf
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London
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