The most common cause of a break is a cavity caused by decay, but teeth can also chip or crack as a result of injury and trauma, or from habits such as nail-biting and tooth grinding. The aim is to restore the shape and function of the tooth back to normal.
Signs that you may have tooth decay and damage include:
If you experience any of the above, contact Cirencester Dental and Aesthetics on 01285 653251 to discuss your symptoms and we would aim to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. One of our dentists will check the teeth to confirm whether or not a filling is necessary, we may need to take radiographs (x-rays) of the teeth to help our diagnosis. Prompt treatment is always recommended, as untreated decay will spread deeper and eventually destroy the nerve within your tooth, resulting in an abscess and potential tooth loss.
Having a Dental Filling is a routine and straightforward procedure. Your dentist will start by numbing the treatment area using a local anaesthetic to make it more comfortable for you. Then the broken or decayed parts of the tooth are cleaned away to leave solid, healthy tooth structure. A high-quality filling material is then used to carefully restore the tooth. After the filling has set firm, your dentist will check your bite and reshape the material if necessary. Once a proper fitting has been made, the filling will be polished to smooth its surface.
The three main materials used are:
Two other options are available to restore cavities, these are made by a dental technician after the tooth has been shaped, so usually take two visits to complete. (Please see section on Dental Inlays and Onlays)
The Dental Filling material used will generally depend on the location of the tooth and the shape of the cavity/damage. We will also take into account your preference and advise when this may not be possible.
Having a filling in a tooth does not mean that further decay cannot occur. You should continue to brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss your teeth at the end of the day as part of your normal routine; whilst minimising consumption of sugary or acidic food and drink. If you are a high decay risk, we may recommend fluoride supplements and regular visits to our hygienist.
To protect against sports injury, we always advise a custom-fitted gumshield. To protect against teeth grinding or clenching habits we can make protective bite-guards.
For further information, or to arrange a consultation, please call Cirencester Dental and Aesthetics now on 01285 653 251 to speak to one of our Team.