Will having a filling hurt?
No. Before you have a dental filling your dentist will give you a local anaesthetic to prevent you from feeling any pain through the procedure. While the work is going on you will feel the instruments in your mouth and some pressure, but no pain. If you suffer from a phobia of needles or are a nervous patient, we are also able to offer fillings using conscious sedation, hypnotherapy or acupuncture.
Can I have a filling replaced ?
Yes. Occasionally fillings made of certain materials can break or crack, due to excessive pressure or tooth/gum decay in the surrounding area. If this occurs, patients are advised to book an appointment with their dentist as soon as possible for a replacement filling to prevent infection and problems with the patient’s bite.
Will tooth whitening effect my filling?
No. Tooth whitening procedures do not affect your fillings. The whitening agents will not whiten fillings, crowns or veneers. If you have tooth whitening treatment and find that your fillings are no longer the same colour, we can create a composite colour match filling for you, so your teeth and fillings remain the same colour. If you are concerned about this, please speak to your dentist on how tooth whitening may affect your fillings.
What types of fillings are available?
Modern dentistry allows for a number of different types of material for fillings. The most popular types are Composite Resin (white), Porcelain (ceramic), Gold, and traditional silver amalgam. Your dentist will be able to advise you on the most suitable material for your filling, as each material has its own benefits. The level of decay and location of the area needing the filling will assist in determining the best filling type for you.