Fillings are used to replace a portion of tooth that has been lost due to tooth decay, tooth wear or accidental damage of a tooth.

There are two types of fillings commonly used, Composite (white) or Amalgam (Silver).  The choice of the appropriate type of filling should be a team joint decision between the dentist and patient based on the following criteria;

Longevity – which material will give you the best long-term outcome,

Aesthetics – is it likely to be visible when you speak or smile,

Patient preference – which material the patient would prefer.

While it is always better to avoid the need for filling, by good dietary choices and good oral hygiene, when fillings are needed they are best carried out at the earliest possible time. Regular dental health checks facilitate early intervention. Small fillings work very well as there is still a lot of tooth structure remaining to hold the filling in place.

Dental fillings from Abbeytrinity Dental in Tuam County Galway

Tooth decay will usually only cause pain when it has been allowed to progress and has destroyed a large portion of the tooth. At this stage the bacteria have advanced into the tooth and have started to irritate the nerve. If the nerve has been too badly damaged it may be necessary to perform a root canal treatment.

Where fillings are very large and there is not enough tooth left to hold the filling in place or where the remaining tooth is weakened to the extent where it will fracture, it may be necessary to make a crown or onlay to fix the tooth. Crowns and Onlays are made outside the mouth. They sit down over the remaining tooth holding it together.

Fissure Sealants

Fissure Sealants are a protective coating that are bonded into the pits and fissures on the biting surface of molars and or premolars. These pits and fissures, if left unprotected, can be impossible to clean and are the most common site for decay to develop in children. Therefore fissure sealants are most likely to be recommended in children when the molar teeth have just erupted. While fissure sealants do not provide total immunity from decay they can be a great help in preventing decay through those childhood years when the majority of tooth problems begin. In a large number of adults the majority of the dental work they require relates back to tooth decay and the resultant fillings which were needed during their childhood. Fissure sealants were developed to stop this pit and fissure decay from developing in the first place.

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