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Fillings, Inlays and Onlays

Reason why you would need a filling
What happens when you have a filling
What to expect after a filling
Temporary fillings
Why do fillings need to be replaced?
Clenching and grinding
Maintaining your fillings
Things to think about when replacing a filling: types of filling material

Reasons why you would need a filling?

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Tooth decay

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Cracked or broken teeth, due to normal wear and tear; trauma; or unusual use such as opening bottle tops

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Teeth that are worn from tooth grinding (bruxism)

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Replacement of filling, due to age or for cosmetic reasons

What happens when you have a filling:

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Firstly, we believe in minimal intervention by diagnosing problems early, thus cavities are kept small and maximum tooth is preserved.  Prior to having a filling your dentist will discuss with you the options that are most suitable.

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You may require local anesthesia to numb the area prior to treatment, but you can request to have it or not.

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The tooth is prepared by removing any decay and unsupported enamel, the cavity is then shaped, to ensure that it retains the new filling material.  A base or a liner may be applied to protect the tooth's pulp (where the nerves are). Some of these materials release fluoride to protect the tooth from further decay.

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A bright light is used to cure (harden) composite fillings immediately, therefore your dentist may use a bur to give a smooth finish.   Amalgam fillings, however, set over time so you must allow at least a couple of hours before chewing.

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No matter what type of filling you have had it is best to allow any effects of local anaesthetic to wear off before eating or drinking hot drinks; it is very easy to bite your lip or cheek without knowing and cause yourself harm.

What to expect after a filling:

Usually once the local anaesthetic has worn off, the tooth should feel quite normal, however some people experience some sensitivity; especially if it has been a deep filling. The tooth may be sensitive to pressure, air, sweet foods or cold.  In most cases, the sensitivity will subside over one to two weeks.

Contact your dentist if you:

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Are experiencing extreme sensitivity or your sensitivity does not decrease after two weeks.  When you talk to your dentist about the sensitivity, try to describe it as precisely as possible. This information will help decide what should be done next. Your dentist may take out the filling and put in a new one. He or she may apply a base, liner or desensitizing agent to the tooth as well. If the filling was very deep, you may need root canal treatment to solve the problem.

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Are in discomfort when you bite down. Once your anesthetic wears off, you should notice this right away. This is caused by a filling that is too high and interferes with your bite; you will need to return to have the filling reshaped.

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Find any sharp or rough edges, that weren’t detected initially because of the local anaesthetic. They can easily be smoothed to avoid injury to your tongue or mouth.

Temporary Fillings

You may receive a temporary filling if:

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Your treatment requires more than one appointment.

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Your dentist wants to wait a short period of time for the tooth to settle.

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Following an assessment you require more extensive dental treatment than your appointment time allows.

A temporary filling may make your tooth feel better. This is because the filling seals the tooth, protecting the pulp from bacteria and reducing sensitivity. Temporary fillings are not meant to last. Usually, they fall out, fracture or wear out within a month or two. If you get a temporary filling, make sure you visit your dentist to get a permanent one. If you don't, your tooth could become infected or you could have other problems.

Why do fillings need to be replaced?

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Firstly fillings don't last forever. When you chew, your teeth and any fillings in them are subjected to tremendous pressures; they will wear out over time and will need to be replaced.

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Some fillings will need to be replaced because they develop leaks or cracks that allow food debris and bacteria to seep down under the filling. Since you can't clean there, the bacteria feed on the food debris and form the acid that causes tooth decay. Decay under a filling can become extensive before you notice it or it causes you pain.

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They can become discoloured; composite, tooth-coloured fillings pick up stains, and become yellow or darken over time. While dark amalgam fillings can start to show through the enamel of your teeth making them look grey.

Clenching and Grinding

If you clench or grind your teeth, you may have more problems with your fillings. The forces placed on your teeth can lead to tooth sensitivity and extra wear on your fillings. Clenching or grinding can also cause your teeth and fillings to crack or develop small craze lines.

Maintaining your fillings

Although some fillings can last for many years, the average life of an amalgam filling is about 12 years. Composite fillings may not last this long.  Your dentist will monitor your fillings at each examination; X-rays are an important diagnostic tool to determine whether decay is occurring under your fillings, and will show the extent of any problem.

You should visit your dentist regularly for cleanings, brush with a fluoride toothpaste, and floss once a day. Fluoride will help strengthen the enamel of your teeth and help to prevent future cavities.

Things to think about when replacing a filling

Before removing your old filling, your dentist will discuss treatment options with you. It is often possible to repair an old filling instead of removing it and replacing it completely. However, if the entire filling has to be replaced, this may give you the opportunity to discuss with your dentist about how you would like the tooth to look. They can then select the material and treatment that is best for you.

Amalgam Fillings:

Although these are not used as routinely as in the past, there is still a place for amalgam fillings as they are strong and durable. They will only ever be placed in back teeth.

Composite Fillings:

These are tooth coloured fillings that can be used either in the first instance or if replacing an older dark amalgam filling. These can be done so that they are virtually invisible. With modern materials they can be used in most situations and are an affordable option when looking at brightening your smile.

Porcelain Inlays or Onlays:

These are used in situations where a large filling is not suitable but there is still enough healthy tooth that can support an inlay.  An inlay is stronger and more durable than an ordinary filling and helps to preserve the maximum amount of healthy tooth structure.

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