October 31st, 2018
If you read the health section of the newspapers, you may have come across articles talking about the phasing out of amalgam fillings. Silver and mercury fillings used to be fitted much more commonly than they are now, with more and more people choosing white fillings. If you have a silver filling, you might be thinking that you need to replace your old filling, but there’s no need to panic.
Should I replace my silver filling?
White fillings are much more commonplace than they once were. In days gone by, metal fillings were used extensively. Today, many people prefer white fillings due to their natural aesthetic, and some also express a preference for composite fillings based on safety and environmental impact. If you have silver fillings, it is possible to replace them, but you don’t need to if you don’t want to. There’s no need to panic about the safety of your fillings, or assume that you have no choice but to pay for a new white filling. If your fillings are still in good condition, they can stay in place. If your fillings are worn, or they’ve been there for many years, and you’d prefer to have white fillings, it may make sense to have your old fillings replaced.
If you’re unsure about whether you need a new filling or not, the best thing to do is ask your dentist for advice. Your dentist can have a look at your existing fillings, check the condition, and talk you through your options.
If you’d like to know more or you’re keen to arrange a consultation, why not get in touch with us today? We’ll be happy to answer your questions and offer some advice.
October 8th, 2018
If you’re suffering from dental pain, we’re here to help! Toothache, infections and pain caused by dental injuries can make life unbearable. The good news is that we specialise in alleviating pain and putting smiles back on our patients’ faces.
How we stop dental pain
If you’ve been experiencing dental discomfort for a while, or you’ve developed sudden pain, we recommend giving us a call. Often, dental pain is a symptom of an underlying issue, such as decay, infection or a dental abscess, and the sooner we can get to the bottom of what’s causing you to feel uncomfortable, the better. When you come and see us, our expert dentists will take a good look at your mouth and try and ascertain the cause of the problem. They can discuss the treatment options with you and set about getting rid of that pain for good.
The treatments we provide for dental pain will depend on the cause. While painkillers and ice can help to provide temporary relief, we will aim to treat the cause to prevent recurrent bouts of pain. If you have an abscess, we will numb the tooth or the affected area of the gum tissue and then drain the abscess and remove it. If you have dental decay, the most common course of action is to fill the cavity. Placing a filling can be done under mild local anaesthetic and it usually takes less than an hour. If the tooth is broken or damaged, it may be necessary to place a new crown. In this case, a temporary crown will be fitted until we can fit your new bespoke crown.
If you’re struggling with toothache or you’ve got shooting or throbbing pains in your mouth, don’t suffer in silence. We have an experienced, compassionate team at the ready, and we’ll do everything we can to have you fighting fit again in no time.