The most common reasons for tooth filling are cavities or an old filling chipping or breaking off. Caries that is discovered during a dental examination is filled and it is monitored to ensure its progress has stopped; untreated caries affects significantly on oral health.
How are teeth filled?
Tooth fillings can be roughly divided into direct and indirect methods.
With the direct technique, a filling is prepared directly in the patient’s mouth. The procedure can be performed under local anaesthesia without any pain. Composite plastic is generally used as the material for tooth filling, and it is set hard using an LED light. The duration of the procedure ranges from a couple of minutes to half an hour depending on the size of the filling.
A filling made with the indirect technique is otherwise prepared in the same manner as fillings prepared with the direct technique, but the filling is prepared outside the patient’s mouth. A replica is taken from the shaped tooth either with casting agents using traditional methods, or the tooth can be scanned using an intraoral camera. With the help of the replica, a permanent filling that is perfectly suited for the shape of the tooth is prepared in the dental laboratory or with a CAD/CAM and it is attached to the tooth with dental cement. Helmiäinen dental clinic uses a CAD/CAM of brand-new technology with which a ceramic filling can be prepared during the same appointment.
In choosing the material for tooth filling, the durability, cost and aesthetics of the filling must be considered. We will discuss the different options and costs with you and choose the best treatment option for your individual needs.