Dentists in Derby, Derbyshire 44 Main Street, Etwall, Derby, Derbyshire DE65 6LP
If the dentist detects tooth decay, they will most likely recommend a filling. This common dental treatment can seal a cavity, eliminate toothache and sensitivity, and help prevent the tooth from becoming infected.
Your dentist will administer a local anaesthetic and remove the decay. Then your dentist will apply a filling material directly to the cavity, shape it, and ultimately cure it with ultraviolet light. The process might vary depending on the filling material used.
The most common filling material is amalgam, a blend of metals including mercury, tin, copper, and zinc. Amalgam is the most affordable filling option, but also the least cosmetically pleasing due to its silver colour.
Alternatively, you can opt for white fillings, which use a mixture of powdered glass and acrylic resin for a seamless match with the surrounding tooth structure.
The longevity of your filling will depend on the material you choose. Amalgam fillings are the most durable option, lasting around 10-15 years.
White fillings are the more attractive option, but they don’t typically last as long, requiring replacement after about 5 years. You can improve the lifespan of your filling by practising good oral hygiene and booking regular dental check-ups and hygiene visits.
Many of you will be aware that during the latest Covid 19 update dental practices have been given the green light to re-open the surgery from 8th June. Whilst this is good news, there are a number of procedures that we have being putting in place to make treatment safe for our patients and staff, as we are sure you will appreciate, this is taking some time to set up.
Our intention is, if at all possible to commence opening on the 8th June but this is entirely dependent on our ability to obtain training and appropriate PPE which as you know there is a great shortage of. This equipment will be essential for us to be able to operate.
From 8th- 29th of June we will be prioritising the most urgent of cases including those who have been experiencing problems during this lockdown period. We will contact you directly to arrange an appointment. This period may be extended if required.
Rest assured we are trying our utmost to source this PPE as soon as possible to enable us to extend our treatment further to include fillings, crown/bridge work, root treatments and surgical extractions, scale & polish ect.
We anticipate that it will be several weeks before we will be able to commence these more advanced procedures.
This is a rapidly changing environment which we are adapting to as quickly as we possibly can. We really appreciate your patience and understanding throughout this difficult period and look forward to welcoming you back to the practice soon.
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