Fillings, also known as dental restorations as they help to restore a tooth which has been damaged by decay to its normal shape and function. A filling can be made of various different materials including, composite, amalgam, gold and ceramic fillings. Composite fillings also known as composite resin fillings are a popular option which are made up of a mixture of plastic and fine glass particles matching the colour of the tooth.
Composite fillings are extremely strong and durable, lasting many years. However, your personal oral hygiene and care plays a role in just how long they last.
After getting a filling, it is important to prevent decay from forming under or around it. Your filling should be treated just as you would your natural teeth. This means making sure to implement basic oral hygiene routines in your everyday life.
Brushing your teeth twice a day
Flossing at least once a day
For optimal results, brushing with a fluoride toothpaste. Maintaining a balanced diet and limiting consumption of sugary food and beverages is also essential in preventing decay.
In addition to these everyday tips, regular dental checkups are recommended. Attending a dental checkup every six months allows for early detection of any decay. During your visit, your dentist will examine your filling and check that it is healthy and functional. If any cracks or leaking is detected, your dentist will need to replace it.