Stop the spread of decay and regain the strength of your original tooth.
- Dental filling
- Composite resin filling
When receiving a filling, Professor Ironside’s aim is to prevent any further damage to your tooth as this ensures the longevity of your natural smile.
What causes tooth decay?
Tooth decay often occurs when you consume sugar. This is because the sugar is turned to acid by the bacteria in your mouth. More commonly known as plaque, if left untreated, it can make tiny holes (cavities) in the tooths enamel and burrow further into the tooth.
Once you have a cavity, it is important to get it treated as soon as possible as it can eventually infect the nerve of your tooth and cause a lot of pain. This is why it is so important brush your teeth twice a day and visit Professor Ironside once every six months for a check-up and clean. At the end of the day, prevention is better than a cure and by maintaining your dental check-ups, Professor Ironside can prevent decay from taking hold of your tooth.
“You want to keep as much of the natural tooth as possible”
Professor Jim Ironside
Treating tooth decay with fillings
If decay has progressed past the point of prevention, a filling may be necessary to stop the spread of decay and strengthen the original tooth. If left untreated, a decaying tooth can cause further structural problems such as an uneven bite or further decay to surrounding teeth.
Receiving a filling is simple and effective. Firstly, Professor Ironside will numb the treated area and use a high-speed drill to glide through the tooth decay, removing as much as possible in the process. After Professor Ironside has finished this process, he will move onto a slow-speed drill to remove any remaining tooth decay. Once the decay has been completely removed from the pocket, Professor Ironside will proceed to seal the hole with a filling.
In most instances, Professor Ironside opts to use a composite resin filling. This ensures that the filling will be the same colour as your natural tooth; creating a discreet appearance. Getting a filling involves applying a small amount of acid to the tooth to expose the microscopic pores in the tooth. Professor Ironside will then apply a bonding agent to the tooth and place the filling. He then uses a bright blue light to strengthen and harden the filling. The process is completed by using a slow speed drill to shape and smooth the filling to your natural tooth.
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Frequently asked questions about white fillings
What causes cavities?
A cavity is most commonly caused from a type of acid which is mainly found in sugary foods and drinks and works to erode your natural tooth enamel. Cavities generally start to develop in the tiny spaces between your teeth and in the pits of your molar teeth making them difficult to detect. This is why it is so important that you attend regular dental check-ups.
What are fillings made from?
Fillings can be made from a wide variety of materials. Some of these include amalgam, gold and composite resin. Professor Ironside opts to use composite resin fillings as it provides the most realistic results; matching the patients natural tooth colour.
How long do fillings last?
If cared for properly, a typical filling can last up to 10 years before it needs to be replaced.