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Dental fillings

Dental fillings

Dental fillings are necessary when holes caused by caries – cavities – appear in the tooth. After cleaning the tooth, we fill it with filling material, restoring its functional shape and aesthetic image. If the tooth is not filled in time, the cavity will get larger and you will start to feel pain; if you put it off any longer, the tooth may have to be extracted.

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Cosmetic filling
How are teeth filled?
Types of filling
Temporary filling
Caring for fillings

Cosmetic filling

Whether we are filling the front teeth that are spotlighted in your smile or the less visible side teeth (molars), we perform all of the steps with aesthetics in mind. During cosmetic filling, we restore damaged dental tissues (caries, old fillings), and also correct the shape and colour of the teeth.

Cosmetic filling allows us to:
  • Restore worn tooth surfaces.
  • Eliminate gaps between teeth.
  • Change the shape and colour of the teeth.
  • Restore teeth that are chipped or damaged by tooth decay.

How are teeth filled?

Before most dental procedures, including caries treatment, we perform diagnostics. Our clinic has all the diagnostic tools we need to choose appropriate and effective treatment. For examining and treating caries and fillings, we use an intraoral camera, the CarieScan PRO™ device, a microscope, and dental (one tooth) or panoramic (all teeth) X-rays. Read more about diagnostics here.

After anaesthetisation, we remove the damaged dental tissues and prepare the tooth cavity for filling. The filling material is layered according to the natural anatomy of the tooth. First, we place a softer filling material similar to the dentine, and then we place hard enamel on top. Nowadays, the colour of the enamel is chosen individually for each patient, so to the naked eye, the colour of the filled tooth does not differ from that of your natural ones.

Types of filling

In modern dentistry, there is an impressive range of materials used for fillings. We do not have a single answer for which filling to choose. Only a dentist can choose the best option in terms of function and aesthetics, taking into account each individual case. If you are curious, our dentist will provide you with information during your appointment and explain which filling is best for you and why.

Temporary filling

We use temporary dental fillings when, for one reason or another, the treatment will require more than one appointment. Let’s say we put in a healing lining for a while or kill a nerve for further endodontic treatment. In this case, we give you a temporary filling to protect the tooth from external factors until the next appointment. The very name “temporary filling” tells us that this is only a short-term solution – it is not as durable as a permanent one, and we do not recommend wearing it for a long time. It is best to come in when the next appointment is scheduled to continue the planned treatment.

Caring for fillings

In order to keep your fillings intact, beautiful and strong for as long as possible, you need to properly care for them. Even though a filled tooth is repaired in such a way so as to restore all of its natural functions and appearance, it will still wear down a little faster. In addition, if it is neglected, it can lose its lustre and plaque can build up on it more easily, so good oral hygiene is especially important. We recommend having your teeth cleaned professionally at least every six to twelve months (depending on your individual situation), so that your fillings can be polished to extend their service life.

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