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Dental fillings are one of the most common dental procedures and can be used to both repair damaged teeth and improve the cosmetic appearance of your smile.
Reasons for Needing a Filling
The most common reason for needing a filling is to repair a tooth damaged by decay. It’s not just tooth decay that fillings are used as a treatment for though. They can also be used to repair a cracked or broken tooth, or one that is worn down – for example, from excessive grinding or acid erosion. Tooth decay is caused by bacteria feeding on bits of food unreached by cleaning. It can become quite extensive before you even notice it or feel any pain from it.
We create fillings with excellent function and aesthetics. They are sculpted to recreate the original tooth shape and their strength comes from using ceramic or composite materials. We use layering techniques for our composite restorations to mimic natural tooth structure, shade and light reflection. The first stage in the dental filling process is to numb the area around the tooth using a local anesthesia. This will prevent you feeling any pain whilst the procedure is carried out. Next, using delicate dental tools, we will remove decay and/or fix the damaged area, then add a strong, tooth-like composite material and shape it to restore its original form.
At Valleyview Dental, our dental filling procedures are done with care and attention, using high-grade amalgam-free materials.