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The Ultimate Guide To Tooth Fillings

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A tooth filling is a restorative dental procedure used to repair a tooth that has been damaged by decay or fracture. They can also be used to close gaps between teeth and to improve the appearance of your smile.

They are relatively painless and can be completed in just one visit. Tooth fillings help to restore your teeth to their original health and beauty.

So, whether you’re considering a filling or just want to find out more about them, then this article is for you.

Signs you might need a filling

Here are some signs you might need a tooth filling:


-Sensitivity to hot or cold foods or drinks

-Pain when biting or chewing

-A dark spot on a tooth

-A chipped or cracked tooth

-You have an old filling that needs replacing

If you experience any of these signs, it’s vital to see our dentist right away. Early treatment can help to prevent the problem from getting worse and keeps your teeth healthy.

How do fillings work?

During a filling procedure, our dentist will first remove the decayed or damaged tissue from your tooth. They will then thoroughly clean the area and prep it for the filling material. 

The filling material is applied to the empty space of your tooth and molded to match the shape of your natural tooth. 

A special light or laser is used to harden the material, restoring the tooth to its original appearance and function. 

Our dentist will then carefully examine the filling to make sure that it is properly set and that there are no spaces between the filling and your tooth.

Benefits of tooth fillings

Tooth fillings are a safe and effective way to repair damaged teeth. There are several benefits to having a tooth filling:

-Pain relief

-Improved appearance

-Protection from further decay

-Restores tooth’s functionality

-Reduces tooth sensitivity

If you have any questions about dental fillings, be sure to talk to one of our experienced dentists. We can help you understand the benefits and make the best decision for your oral health. 

Types of tooth fillings

There are different types of tooth fillings available. The type of filling that is best for you will depend on the location and extent of the damage to your tooth, as well as your personal preferences.

  • Amalgam fillings: made of a combination of silver, mercury, tin and copper. They are one of the most common types of fillings.
  • Composite resin: made of tooth-coloured material that is bonded to the tooth. They give a more aesthetically pleasing appearance to your smile.
  • Gold fillings: made of very strong and durable material. They are more expensive compared to other types of fillings but can last for many years.
  • Ceramic fillings: made of high-quality ceramic material that is similar in colour to your natural teeth and are bonded to the tooth using a dental adhesive. This bonding process helps to strengthen the tooth and reduce the risk of further damage.

If you think you might need a filling, be sure to visit one of our skilled dentists for a consultation. We can help you choose the best type of filling for your needs.

At Purity Dental, we can restore your smile in no time so that you can enjoy living your life to the fullest!