Dental Fillings - Direct Restorations

Each Tooth Has It’s Own Story

What are Dental Fillings - Direct Restorations?

A direct restoration is also commonly known as a dental filling, which is a type of dental restoration hand crafted in the mouth to rebuild broken or diseased tooth tissue back to normal aesthetic and function.

At Leicestershire Dental Studio, we truly pride ourselves on providing the best quality and precision treatment in removing disease and restoring function to your teeth and oral health.

We strongly resist calling direct restorations a “filling” as this completely minimises the careful and precise skill required to biomimetically rebuild a tooth to replicate nature. We take pride in using the latest evidence and skillset to treat each tooth with the utmost of care and respect, and this is revealed in the outcomes of our treatments. 

In most cases our material of choice is a composite resin which has amazing properties and can be placed adhesively to your clean tooth to restore it.

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Upper Incisor

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Upper Molars

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Lower Molar

All photos above show the removal of decay (dental disease) and restoration of the teeth with a tooth coloured composite resin. The blue sheet surrounding the teeth is a rubber dam, which is a gold standard process to protect the teeth and gums from bacterial ingress during the procedure.

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Why Choose A Direct Restoration (Dental Filling)?

The most common indication for needing a filling is the presence of dental decay in your teeth. This is why it’s really important that you have regular and routine comprehensive dental examinations with us at Leicestershire Dental Studio.

Dental decay can develop when bacteria in your mouth starts causing disease within the structure of your teeth, and this disease can spread deeper into the tooth, through the enamel, dentine and to the pulp. 

If caught early, then the dental decay can be carefully removed from the tooth, and the remaining tooth can be restored appropriately, in many cases with a direct restoration.

What is the process of having a direct restoration?

Direct restoration confirmed

After your treatment with a direct restoration has been confirmed, your dentist will be able to begin treatment. Tooth fillings are usually carried out in a single visit appointment, with the use of local anaesthesia to ensure a comfortable and pain-free experience. 

Decayed portion removed

Your dentist will carefully and painlessly remove the decayed portion whilst ensuring the remainder of your tooth is healthy and free of disease. 

Tooth restored to original shape

The next step is to return your tooth back to its original shape and size and we do this by filling the cavity with a tooth coloured material known as a composite resin. 

At Leicestershire Smile Studio we use the latest technology and techniques to bond the composite resin to your natural tooth meaning the end result is similar in strength and durability to your natural teeth. By providing the best in clinical excellence, we try to ensure the best long term results for the success of your restorations in your mouth, and the best aesthetic outcomes (even for back teeth.)

If the dental decay did not cause huge and significant damage to the tooth tissue surface area, then your dentist will likely recommend restoring the tooth back to it’s correct shape and form using a direct restoration (a filling). Fillings are usually made of a tooth coloured composite resin which is actually bonded directly to your natural tooth tissue with strength that is biologically similar to your own enamel to your own dentine. 

If the decay has not yet caused irreversible pulp changes, or further infections, then it can likely be addressed by your dentist carefully and painlessly removing and resecting the diseased part of your tooth tissue, and checking the remaining tooth is clear of disease and infection. The remaining tooth will vary in shape and size depending on the extent and severity of the dental decay that had affected it.

At Leicestershire Dental Studio, our restorations and our processes are biomimetic, i.e. we provide treatment in the most controlled and clean operating environment, to allow us to predictably and accurately treat disease, and to replicate nature as closely as possible in order.

How do I know if I need a direct restoration?

A direct restoration (for example a composite filling) is one type of dental filling used to restore a tooth to its original form.

Sometimes patients might think they need a direct restoration if they’ve noticed that their tooth is starting to break down or if they’re starting to get sensitivity to cold or sweet on particular teeth.

However, the only way to know whether a dental filling is a suitable option for you is to attend for a comprehensive dental examination.

This includes full assessment of your teeth and gums with magnification, high definition photographs and scans of your teeth, detailed radiographs (x-rays) of your teeth and bone to look under the surface, and other special tests and investigations to assess the status of your teeth.

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