Dental Fillings in Bristol

What are Dental Fillings?

Dental fillings are a common dental procedure used to restore teeth damaged by decay back to their normal function and shape. When a dentist gives you a filling, they first remove the decayed tooth material, clean the affected area, and then fill the cleaned-out cavity with a filling material. This filling will help prevent further decay by closing off spaces where bacteria can enter. It's a straightforward procedure that can significantly improve your oral health and prevent more serious issues down the line. Besides restoring teeth damaged by decay, fillings are also used to repair cracked or broken teeth and teeth that have been worn down from misuse, such as from nail-biting or tooth-grinding. This versatility makes dental fillings a great way to maintain the structure and health of your teeth over time.

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Did you know…

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Over 90% of adults have had a cavity and needed a dental filling!

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The Dental Filling Treatment Process

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Examination and Preparation

The first step in the dental filling process is a thorough examination of your teeth. Using special tools, Dr. Sinha will check for signs of tooth decay. If a cavity is found, the area around the decayed tooth will be numbed with a local anesthetic. This ensures that the procedure is as comfortable and pain-free as possible.

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Removal of Decay

Once the tooth is numbed, the decayed material will be carefully removed. This is a crucial step in the process as it prevents further decay and prepares the tooth for the filling. Dr. Sinha will use a drill, air abrasion instrument, or laser to remove the decay. The choice of instrument depends on the extent of the decay, the cost, and the dentist's comfort level with the equipment.

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Filling the Tooth

After the decay has been removed, Dr. Sinha will proceed to fill the cavity with a suitable filling material. The choice of material can vary and depends on factors such as the extent of the repair, where in your mouth the filling is needed, and the cost. Once the filling is in place, it will be polished to ensure a smooth finish.

The Benefits Of Dental Fillings

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Restores the Function of Your Teeth

Dental fillings restore the normal function and shape of your teeth. After a cavity has been filled, you'll be able to eat normally and without discomfort. It's like getting a second chance for your tooth!

Prevents Further Decay

By filling a cavity, you're essentially giving bacteria less room to grow. This helps prevent further decay and protects your tooth from more serious damage. It's a proactive step in maintaining your oral health.

Improves Aesthetics

Modern dental fillings are designed to match the color of your teeth, making them a discreet option for dental repair. You can smile with confidence knowing that your fillings aren't easily noticeable.

Did you know…

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The first known dental filling, made of beeswax, was used 6,500 years ago!