You might have cavities or fractured teeth that need fillings. Your dentist will perform a dental exam to check for cavities before suggesting dental fillings.
What is the procedure?
Local anaesthesia will be used to numb the area receiving treatment. Your dentist, will then remove decay and shape the area in preparation for the filling. The dentist might also have to place a base around the nerves for extra protection.
If you are receiving bonded fillings, the dentist makes holes on your enamel. The composite material will fill the tiny holes as your dentist is filling your tooth. Bonded fillings help to minimise leaks and tooth cavities under the filling.
When should I replace a filling?
Replace your filling after it has fallen out. Fillings may fall out due to many reasons but your dentist will be able to easily repair them. It is advised to book regular dental appointments to get your fillings checked and corrected.
You should also replace your fillings if you notice small cracks. Cracks in fillings are usually caused by wear and can lead to tooth sensitivity and cavities.
Another tip for preventing any damage caused to your fillings is to avoid using your teeth to chew on non-edibles and hard objects.