Four Common Misconceptions About Fillings

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Having a dental filling nowadays is more common than not. A sad but true fact. Some people are shocked when they find out that they need a filling. They brush and floss every single day, so the news that they have a cavity can be quite shocking! We instantly become a little bit nervous, and dread the treatment.

Today on the Defacto Dentists blog, we are looking at the common misconceptions about  fillings.

Misconception 1 – Fillings are painful.

Dentistry has come a long way. If the last time you had a filling was 30 years ago, we can understand why you might not be looking forward to your next one. But, thankfully, the days of invasive, painful filings are long gone. Dentists are now trained to use highly effective local anaesthetics, nitrous oxide (otherwise known as laughing gas) or a combination of both to minimise pain and help you relax during treatment. On top of that, some dentists offer pain management techniques, such as dental hypnosis or talking therapies. Technology is advancing too, meaning that the dreaded drill has been replaced by air abrasion technology, a much less intimidating way of removing the decay.

Misconception 2 – filled teeth can’t become decayed again.

This is another common misconception about fillings. Lack of proper hygiene means that even teeth that are already filled can develop further cavities. Don’t think that because your tooth is filled that it doesn’t require the same amount of TLC as your other teeth. A cavity may form around a filled tooth and require further treatment. Make sure your brush and floss all of your teeth, filled or not.

Misconception 3 – Fillings will last forever.

Not true, sadly. But, the length of time they last depends on how well you care for them. Fillings will need to be replaced eventually to ensure good oral health, because they will wear over time, just like natural teeth.  Sometimes fillings can pop out, or be pulled out by eating certain foods. If you feel like something isn’t quite right with one of your fillings,  contact your dentist for an appointment.

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Misconception 4 – People will notice my fillings.

Another on of the common misconceptions about fillings. In days gone by, amalgam was used for dental fillings, a silver material that would often give a darker tone to teeth. Now, the use of amalgam is to be phased out and the more aesthetically pleasing ‘white’ or ‘composite’ fillings are increasingly popular. They are almost unnoticeable, and are a lot more accessible now than ever before. Chat to your dentist about your options!

More information & Finding A Dentist

So there you have it, four common misconceptions about fillings! If you have any other concerns about fillings, speak to your dentist or check out our other blog posts on fillings. They will be able to chat to you about your treatment options. If you’re worried that you may need some fillings, but aren’t registered with a dentist, we can still help you.

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