Fillings are materials used to replace missing tooth structure, often caused by cavities. There are many different types and each is used for specific reasons. The most common filling materials include, amalgam (silver filling), composite (tooth coloured filling), gold and porcelain.
Your dentist will often recognise that you need a filling before you experience pain, but you may need a filling if you notice you have symptoms such as;
Getting a filling is a very common dental treatment, and is no cause for major concern. Your dentist will usually use a local anaesthetic to numb your gums and parts of your mouth. A local anaesthetic only numbs the area being treated, which means you’ll still be awake during the procedure and able to interact with your dentist.
The dentist will then fill the cavity and you should be good to go.
If you are concerned about having a cavity, you can get a Toothpic report now and our dentists will review images of your teeth and share a detailed report on any issues, homecare and next steps you may need.