Fillings & Sealants
Fillings are used to restore teeth to their normal shape, appearance and function by filling in cavities caused by tooth decay. Fissure sealants are of value in the prevention of tooth decay as they fill in the natural pits and fissures in the back (molar) teeth where dental decay occurs most often.
Say goodbye to the days of metal fillings and welcome naturally pleasing tooth coloured fillings. At Griffith Dental Lounge, we are a mercury-free practice.
We only use filling materials that are the safest existing for the human body. We make sure that the materials are strong, biocompatible, long-lasting and colour matched to the tooth. To satisfy these demands, we always turn to specific composite fillings.
A filling is usually a simple, early treatment for tooth decay. While they are extremely durable and can last years, there will come a time when they will have to be replaced. Your dentist will usually check your fillings during a regular dental check-up.
A dental sealant is a tooth-coloured plastic film that is professionally applied to the deep grooves (fissures) on the back teeth (molars) where tooth decay most often starts.
The bacteria in plaque live in these grooves and make acid which causes tooth decay. Dental sealants assist in preventing the build-up of plaque acids on the enamel surface of teeth and they are of value in the prevention of tooth decay.
A good time to apply sealants is soon after permanent teeth are fully erupted (after 13 years of age). Discuss with an oral health professional whether this will be beneficial to you.
Fluoride and fluoridated water also play a key role in protecting the teeth against tooth decay.
What to expect
Booking Your Appointment
Usually, 2 appointments are required:
Before You Arrive
There is no special preparation needed for your appointment.
Length Of Appointment
The consultation and dental check-up can take around 30 – 60 minutes.
Getting the filling can take around 30 – 60 minutes.
During Your Appointment
Consultation: your dentist will examine your teeth. You may be asked about:
- Your dental history
- Your normal oral care routine
- Any problems
Treatment: depending on how many fillings you require, you may need additional appointments.
After You Leave
Be careful not to bite your lips or cheek while they are still numb after your treatment.
Your dentist may tell you to avoid eating for a short time after your filling.
Maintain good oral hygiene habits between appointments.