Dental fillings

Fillings are a procedure available at our Agenskalna Dental Clinic.  They are one of the most common dental procedures and can be used to both repair damage and improve cosmetic appearance.

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.

Decay is caused by bacteria feeding on bits of food unreached by cleaning. It can become extensive before you notice it or feel any pain from it. Your teeth should be regularly checked for signs of decay, and cleaned by a dental hygienist, so any decay can be dealt with as early as possible.

As a tooth decays, a cavity, which is effectively a hole, forms. If the cavity resulting from tooth decay is left unfilled, the decay spreads further and can cause significant pain and, ultimately, the loss of the tooth altogether. By filling a tooth, the spread of decay, and any associated pain, is stopped, and the tooth can function normally again.

We create fillings with excellent function and aesthetics. They are sculpted to recreate the original tooth shape and strength using ceramic or composite materials. We use layering techniques for our composite restorations to mimic natural tooth structure, shade and light reflection. We use Cerec 3D for our ceramic fillings to create them with absolute accuracy.

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 dental tools, we will remove decay and/or fix the damaged area, then add a strong, tooth like, composite material and shape it to match surrounding teeth. The procedure typically takes around 1 hour in total.

All our work is to the highest standard using the highest quality materials. 5 year guarantees are provided (terms and conditions apply). Fillings normally last for 5-15 years, depending on your eating and oral hygiene habits, after which they may need to be replaced, if they’ve become worn, cracked or discoloured.

As an alternative to fillings, to improve the appearance of damaged teeth, veneers, crowns, implants and bridges are alternatives. We will discuss the options with you and advise on what we think is the best course of treatment based on your specific circumstances.