What is a Filling / Dental Restoration?
A filling is a method used to restore a damaged tooth back to its normal function and shape. If the tooth requires restoration due to decay, we first remove the decayed tooth material thus cleaning the entire area, finally filling the cleaned out cavity with a filling material. This procedure prevents further decay of the tooth, and in turn saves the tooth. If a decayed tooth is left untreated there is a good chance the decay will get worse and you will loose the tooth, so best to act quickly.
Do I need a Filling?
If you are unsure if you need a filling, please come in and get a check up with us. During a checkup, we will be able to examine the surfaces of each tooth, and decide if you need a filling or not.
If your teeth are over sensitive, if you have a toothache, a sharp or throbbing pain or pain when eating, these are signs you should come in for a checkup.
Also if you notice any changes in your teeth, such as a hole that you can see or feel, a rough or broken tooth then its also advisable to get your teeth checked out.
What types of fillings are available?
There are two main types of fillings available to you.
- White Fillings (Composite)
are matched to be the same color as your teeth and therefore used where a natural appearance is desired.
are resistant to wear, but it must be noted due to their dark color, they are more noticeable than porcelain or composite restorations and are not usually used in very visible areas, such as front teeth.
How is a Filling performed?
We will first remove the decay and clean the affected area. The cleaned-out cavity will then be filled by either the amalgam or composite material. Getting a filling is a quick and easy procedure, normally only taking 15-20 minutes.
What are the after effects of a filling?
It is not unusual for a tooth to be a little sensitive after a filling, especially if the filling is deep. Teeth can be sensitive to cold drinks for instance, or even tender to bite on.
This usually only lasts a day or two and the tooth soon settles down. If not you should let your dentist know.
How much does a filling cost?
At O'Connor Dental Health, we aim to provide exceptional, but affordable dental treatments. If you have a question regarding getting more than one filling completed please get in touch with us.
Our current prices are as follows:
|Amalgam||€70 - €80|
|Composite (White)||€90 - €110|