RESTORATIVE FILLINGS

Ashton Avenue has been serving the dental restoration fillings in Claremont and surrounding areas for over decade.

Dental Restoration Fillings

If you have decayed or a chipped or a broken tooth, and if the pulp is not involved then your dentist would probably suggest you get a filling done to get rid of decay/infection and restore form and function. Here are a few FAQs in relation to fillings which you may want to know.

When would I need a filling?

You may need a filling if your teeth are

  • Chipped
  • Cracked or broken
  • Decayed
  • Worn
  • Traumatised
  • Or sometimes to close the space between two teeth

How are fillings placed?

Fillings are usually placed in one appointment. Only under special circumstances should an additional appointment be required. While the tooth is numb, we will remove decay as necessary. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed. If the decay is near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for added protection. The filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.

It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed, however this will subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling.

What are common filling materials used in dentistry?

A filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures or trauma. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth is removed and then filled with a material that blends with your tooth.

Fillings were traditionally made up of metals, the most commonly and widely used material is Amalgam.Teeth that are heavily filled with large silver amalgam or mercury fillings are at risk of fracturing because the tooth is spread apart by these traditional filling materials, and expand as time elapses.

However, now with the technique known as “Bonding” and a material called “Composite” your dentist can provide you with a strong and tooth coloured filling. White Fillings do not contain mercury and are an ideal choice for achieving long term strength in filled teeth.Tooth coloured fillings appear more natural and the bonding process is more conservative and can strengthen the teeth. Bonded fillings are available for front and back teeth.

Other than amalgam and composite you may also choose ceramics to provide a tooth coloured restoration or gold or non-precious alloys (combinations of various metals) wherever indicated. These materials can help to rebuild your teeth and hold the tooth structure together to prevent it from spreading apart and thereby preserving the health of the remaining tooth. Your dentist will give you that option if indicated.

Do they require special care?

It is important to brush and floss on a regular basis to prevent secondary decay along the filling margin.

Are Fillings Permanent? Or how long do these fillings last?

Fillings are considered a permanent restoration but may someday have to be replaced. There are many variables which can affect the life of the fillings which includes but is not limited to size, location, biting forces etc that can affect the filling longevity.

My friend had some trouble after a filling, is it common?

Depending upon what kind of filling is done and the depth (approximation with the pulp) of the cavity, tooth may be sensitive to temperature changes which should typically subside in 6-8 weeks. If not, then you may have to visit your dentist again for further investigation.

Holistic way of amalgam removing protocol

At Ashton Avenue Dental we follow a very strict protocol to remove amalgam fillings to make sure that we provide with the safest most up to date known.

We follow the exact protocol of the International Academy Of Oral and Maxillofacial Toxicology (IAOMT):

  • We use an efficient high vac suction system with a special tip to contain amalgam particles and mercury vapour.
  • Amalgam fills are removed under rubber dam. 
  • You may wear an oxygen mask to minimise the chance of inhaling any of the mercury vapours.
  • Copious amounts of water to irrigate during the procedure will be used to minimise heat and mercury vapour production.
  • Amalgam is removed in large segments to minimise generation of mercury vapours.
  • Our dental suction system is fitted with an amalgam separator to trap the amalgam particles and prevent them from being disposed in the waste water. We then dispose of that as a biological hazard, just doing our bit for our environment.