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Dental fillings


Fillings are necessary when decay leads to a cavity in the tooth. Without treatment, bacteria can penetrate the tooth, causing infection and disease. Neglecting this condition can result in increasing pain and potentially lead to tooth loss. It is crucial to take all preventive measures against dental decay to maintain oral health.

First, we remove all decay from the tooth, then fill the cavity with a dental filling material suited to your specific needs.

There are four main types of dental filling materials commonly used in dental practices: composite white fillings, porcelain fillings, gold fillings, and traditional grey amalgam fillings.

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How do we fill a tooth?

Tooth fillings can be performed using either direct or indirect methods.

In the direct method, the filling is applied directly in the patient’s mouth in a single visit. This process can be carried out under local anesthesia to ensure it is entirely pain-free. Typically, a composite resin is used as the filling material, which is cured in place using an LED light. The procedure can take anywhere from a few minutes to half an hour, depending on the size of the filling.

The indirect method follows a similar approach to the direct method, but the filling is fabricated outside the mouth. Initially, an impression of the prepared tooth is taken. This can be done using traditional impression materials or, alternatively, the tooth may be digitally scanned with an intraoral camera. This impression is then used to precisely create a permanent filling at a dental laboratory or via a milling machine, which is then securely cemented onto the tooth.

At Helmiäinen Clinic, we utilize cutting-edge scanning and milling technology, enabling us to complete ceramic fillings during the same appointment.

When selecting a filling material, factors such as durability, cost, and aesthetics are considered. We’ll discuss all available options and associated costs with you to determine the best treatment solution tailored to your specific needs.