Advice for patients requiring a filling

Fillings are placed in teeth for several reasons

  • To replace tooth substance affected by dental decay
  • To replace old,leaking or broken fillings already present in a tooth
  • To replace a fractured portion of tooth

Before you have your filling please discuss which filling material you would prefer to use. This is important as composite (white) filling will require a longer appointment in certain cases material. At flaxpits lane dental practice there is a choice of an amalgam material or a composite You may be advised to use a certain material by your dentist as there are differences in strength, bonding and appearance to each material. Some composite fillings in posterior teeth will be charged for privately.

What happens during a filling?

Your dentist will usually give you a local anaesthetic which will numb the area we wish to work on. We then use dental drills to remove old filling and diseased tooth. We may need to place a band around your to tooth which allows us to build the filling to the correct shape. The filling material is placed in the tooth. It is then shaped and your bite is checked.

Instructions For Home Care After Receiving Fillings

If local anaesthetic is used:

The effects of local anaesthetic normally last 3-4 hours.  To avoid damage to your tongue, cheeks and lips, you should avoid chewing until the numbness has completely worn off.  Also avoid hot drinks or food if you are very numb.
What if my fillings hurt?

It is normal to experience some sensitivity to heat, cold and pressure after your appointment.  You can also expect some soreness in your gums for a few days.  Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water can help to alleviate discomfort and swelling.  Dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water, then gently swish the water around the tooth and spit.
Do I have to be careful with my fillings ?

White fillings set completely immediately after they are placed, so as soon as the numbness from the anaesthetic subsides, you can chew as you would normally. However amalgam fillings do take time to set so avoid chewing on them for four hours. If your bite feels uneven, or if you have any questions or concerns about your new filling, be sure to give us a call.