Tooth Fillings, Leeds
Whether it’s because of an accident, injury or poor oral health, many people will require a dental filling treatment at some point in their lives. At The Dental Architect, we’re pleased to offer ‘invisible’ composite fillings, a convenient alternative to traditional metal fillings. Our experienced dentists in Leeds go above and beyond, ensuring every treatment plan is tailored to suit the unique needs of the patient. If you’re looking to restore damaged, decayed teeth, our tooth-filling procedure could be the ideal solution.
What Are Composite Fillings?
Composite fillings are a type of dental restoration used to repair teeth that have been damaged by cavities, decay or minor fractures. Made from a mixture of materials, primarily a tooth-coloured resin, dental fillings help to provide extra support to the remaining tooth. What makes composite fillings so effective is that the material is available in shades designed to match the colour of your natural teeth, making the filling virtually indistinguishable from the surrounding teeth. You might require a dental filling for several reasons, including:
- Tooth Sensitivity
- Chipped, Fractured Teeth
- Broken or Damaged Fillings
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How Do Composite Fillings Work?
Once the tooth is prepared, your dentist will apply an etching gel to the surface of the tooth. This solution creates a slightly rough texture on the tooth, helping the composite material adhere more effectively to the tooth.
Layering the Composite Material
After each layer of composite resin is placed, it is then cured. The light emits a specific wavelength that activates a chemical reaction in the resin, causing it to harden and bond to the tooth.
Sculpting & Shaping
As the layers of composite resin are built up, the dentist will sculpt and shape the material to achieve the desired appearance. This includes ensuring a proper bite and a smooth surface that matches the surrounding teeth.
Once the composite filling is fully shaped, the dentist will polish the surface of the dental filling. This not only gives the filling a smooth finish but also enhances its natural appearance, making it indistinguishable from the rest of your teeth.
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What Are the Benefits of Dental Filling Treatment?
Restores Tooth Function Fillings are used to repair and restore teeth that have been damaged. By repairing the damaged areas, the tooth’s natural function can be fully restored, allowing you to chew and speak comfortably.
Prevents Further Damage Cavities and decayed areas of the tooth can continue to worsen if left untreated. Dental fillings halt the progression of decay by sealing off the damaged portion of the tooth, preventing bacteria from further infiltrating the area and causing more damage.
Aesthetic Appeal Composite fillings, in particular, are designed to match the natural colour of your teeth. This makes them virtually invisible, ensuring your smile remains natural.
Versatility Fillings can be used for both front and back teeth, providing a versatile solution for a vast range of dental issues.
Quick & Minimally Invasive The tooth filling procedure is relatively quick and minimally invasive, usually completed in a singular dental appointment.
Cost-Effective Compared to more extensive dental procedures like crowns and root canals, dental fillings are a cost-effective treatment option.
The Dental Filling Process
The number of appointments required for dental filling treatment will vary based on several factors, including the complexity of the damage and the type of filling material used. In most cases, a single appointment will be enough to complete the tooth filling procedure. However, if the cavity is large or more complex, a two-appointment approach might be necessary. The first appointment will involve preparation, and the second will involve placing the filling.
During your initial consultation, your dentist will evaluate your specific dental concerns and discuss a treatment plan with you. It’s important to address cavities and tooth damage early to prevent further complications, and to ensure that we can offer you the most effective and efficient treatment.
What is Composite Filling Recovery Like?
As composite fillings are minimally invasive dental procedures, recovery isstraightforward and relatively quick. It’s common to experience some tooth sensitivity in the days following the procedure. This is typically temporary and should subside within a week or two. Most patients also experience minimal discomfort straight after the treatment. However, if that discomfort persists beyond a few days, it’s a good idea to contact your dentist.
Continue with your oral hygiene routine, but be gentle around the treated area for the first few days. Sometimes, your dentist may schedule a follow-up appointment to check that everything has settled, and the tooth is functioning as it should.