Fillings are an everyday procedure for our experienced team, but we’d rather they weren’t.
A restoration (or filling) is a pretty common procedure – they’re straightforward and usually painless too, particularly when you’re in the capable hands of our experienced dentists. But at Keys Dental, we’d rather protect and preserve your smile than restore it.
What exactly are restorations?
We refer to fillings as restorations, because we’re restoring your teeth to their normal shape, appearance and function by filling the cavities caused by tooth decay.
How can fillings be avoided?
It’s easy. All you need to do is clean your teeth, regularly floss, maintain a healthy diet and commit to regular periodic examinations and hygienes (every six months).
Take these simple steps and you’ll reduce the risk of cavities. What’s more, by keeping up with your examinations, you can address any potential issues before they become restoration problems.
Why are restorations more often required at the back?
Molars (the teeth at the back of the mouth) are more prone to cavities for a number of reasons.
First and foremost, molars are harder to reach and clean, which is why we recommend an appointment with our dental hygienist every six months – it’s the only way to ensure those hard-to-reach spots are kept clean and free from cavities.
Are there different types of restorations?
Yes. We generally use one of two types of fillings:
- Tooth-coloured (white) restorations. Traditionally, tooth-coloured or white restorations were used in the front teeth for cosmetic reasons, but they are now much more affordable, making them a popular alternative to dental amalgam.
- Gold or ceramic crowns. Read more about crowns and bridges.
Protect your smile, rather than restore it
Remember, you can avoid the expense and inconvenience of restorations by taking care of your teeth – prevention is always better than cure. And it all starts with regular examinations and hygienes