Fillings are one of the most common treatments available on the NHS. Fillings are needed if a patient has a cavity due to tooth decay, this most commonly occurs from lack of flossing and and brushing your teeth. Having a filling as soon as a cavity is critical to saving your tooth from further damage. There are two types of fillings; amalgam (silver-coloured) and composite (white) both are available on the NHS. Amalgam fillings are generally used for back back teeth as the material is hard-wearing, suitable for chewing.
Root Canal Treatment is often needed when an infection occurs at the center of the tooth, this is usually due to one of the following:
- Tooth Decay
- Leaking Filling
- Damaged Teeth
When the pulp gets infected by bacteria, it will begin to kill the pulp which will then lack blood supply, this makes it easier for you to catch an infection which will then cause the gums and (sometimes) the face to become swollen. The tooth can often be saved due to root canal treatment which involves the bacteria being extracted from the tooth, then the root canal is sealed and the tooth is filled which will prevent bacteria from getting back to the pulp.
Dental Hygiene is crucial to maintaining a healthy smile, at Finer Smiles NHS General Dentistry our specialist Dental Hygienists provide the best dental care and cleaning to maintain your white smile. Common dental hygiene cleaning consists of a scale or polish, these will only be given on the NHS if you are required to have one, if not it will be considered private treatment. Dental Hygiene, both professional and in home are crucial to keeping your mouth healthy.