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Our Newsletter – June Update….

23rd June 2021

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Hello and welcome to our June 2021 newsletter. We hope you are all keeping well, and that you are managing to see more of your loved ones recently with the relaxing of the COVID restrictions. This month we share information on dental fillings and the differing types of fillings a person can get. We also share about our fantastic solution to broken or chipped teeth. Additionally we’ve also included our usual updates, question of the month and team news!.
Fillings: Know The Facts….

You’ve just gone to the dentist for your check up and the dentist tells you, you need a filling! You are not alone. Most people will need at least one filling in their lifetime. What exactly does that mean? A filling is a treatment for tooth damaged by decay that restores back to its normal function and shape while preventing further decay. It’s also the one of the most common procedures that takes place in the dental office, so there’s no need to worry, especially if you are maintaining a good brushing and flossing routine!

How Do I Know if I Need a Filling?

Your dentist will use a small mirror to examine the surfaces of each tooth, and anything that looks abnormal such as discoloration, is sensitive to temperature changes or defective, will be closely checked and X-rayed. The treatment will depend on the extent of damage and the type of filling you agree on.

Which Type of Filling is Best?
The right type of tooth filling for you will depend on the extent of the repair, any allergies to filling materials, the location of the cavity and the cost.

  • Gold fillings are made to order and then cemented into place. Gold inlays are well tolerated by gum tissues and might last more than 20 years. It’s often the most expensive choice and requires multiple visits.
  • Amalgam (silver) fillings are resistant to wear and relatively inexpensive, says the ADA. Due to their dark colour, they aren’t the best choice for highly visible areas.
  • Composite resins look more natural because they’re matched to the color of your teeth. Composites are less durable and can become stained just like teeth, so they don’t last as long as other types of fillings. However, they do better in smaller fillings.
  • Porcelain fillings, called inlays or onlays, are made custom in a lab and then bonded to your tooth. They’re matched to your tooth colour and resist staining. A porcelain restoration generally covers most of the tooth. Their cost is similar to gold.

What Happens When You Get a Filling?

When you get a filling, you might first be given local anaesthesia to numb the area. Next, your dentist will likely use a drill to cut through the enamel and remove decay. Once the drill reaches the dentin, or second layer of the tooth, the dentist typically uses a lower-speed drill, because dentin is softer than enamel. Your dentist will shape the space to prepare it for the filling. They might also put in a base or a liner to protect the tooth’s pulp (where the nerves are).

If your dentist is placing a bonded filling, (generally done with composite fillings) they will first etch the tooth with an acid gel. Etching makes tiny holes in the tooth’s enamel that the composite material fills as the dentist places the filling. A bonding material is also used so that the filling bonds to the tooth in two ways. Bonded fillings can reduce the risk of leakage or decay under the filling.

Certain types of composite fillings get hardened by a special light. With these fillings, your dentist will layer the material, stopping several times to shine a bright light on the resin to cure (harden) the material and make it strong.

Finally, your dentist will use burs to finish and polish the filled tooth. Occasionally, sharp edges might remain after your appointment. These can easily be fixed by your dentist during a follow-up visit.

What’s it Like After Getting a Filling?

After getting a filling, it’s possible that you could experience some changes in sensation on the tooth, but these symptoms usually don’t last long and fade with time. For example, some people feel sensitivity to pressure, air, sweet foods or cold foods after they receive a filling. Usually, this sensitivity will decrease in 1–2 weeks. However, if you experience immediate pain and extra pressure when you bite down after getting your filling, it’s possible that the filling is too tall. This is more common than you might think but your dentist can easily correct it.

Are you still feeling pain after 2 weeks? While uncommon, extreme or prolonged sensitivity might mean you need to pay your dentist another visit. Some reasons might include needing to use a different filling material in the future or replacing the filling, adding a base, liner or desensitizing agent to the tooth. In some cases, if your filling is too deep, your dentist might recommend a root canal treatment.

Fillings shouldn’t keep you from wearing your smile proudly. So, whether you need a filling now or in the future, you can feel confident about the process and what to expect from your appointment.

This information is provided by Colgate-Palmolive. For more information about fillings and restorations visit our site.

Happy Birthday Dr Gill!….
Our lovely Dr Jaswinder Gill is celebrating his 50th Birthday this month! We hope you all join us in wishing him the happiest of Birthday wishes!
Also……..
Welcome The Newbies!….
We are happy to announce we have a new Trainee Dental Nurse, Linda (pictured on the left) and Dental Receptionist Sabrina (pictured on the right). We hope you join is in wishing them a warm welcome to the Moonlight Family!
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Question of The Month….
Each month we publish a question that one of our patients has asked.
This month’s question was:

Q: Do I still need to wear a mask when I come in?

A: In line with current guidance, we still require visitors to wear masks when entering, and walking around, the premises. You are able to remove your mask during your dental appointment.

Social Media Check-Up….
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Unwanted Chipped or Broken Teeth?….

There have been huge advances in the materials used in bonding dentistry in recent years, meaning composite bonding can be used for disguising minor imperfections in the front teeth, closing small gaps and hiding minor tooth rotations, with no damage to your teeth.

Composite bonding is a pain-free experience that requires, in most cases, just one visit to Moonlight Dental Surgery. Your dentist will be able to choose a shade of resin that closely matches the colour of your teeth, meaning that the results will look entirely natural.

How It Works

1. Your dentist picks a shade of resin that matches the natural colour of your teeth.

2. The resin is carefully applied to your teeth, with no need for any work or damage to them.

3. Your dentist then carefully shapes and smooths the resin to hide any imperfections, for a result that looks entirely natural.

4. Once the resin has been shaped, it is hardened very quickly with the help of a special light.

Although composite bonding treatment does not last as long as veneers, many patients find the treatment is highly cost-effective. It can also be repeated with no damage at all to your teeth.

Life Benefits

1. A natural, healthy smile that you are proud to show off.

2. No preparation of your teeth is required, meaning they remain strong.

3. Treatment can usually be completed in one short visit to the practice.

 
If you are interested in our fantastic, smile making solutions email us at [email protected], visit our website or call 01753 526301 for more information or to book a consultation.
IN CLOSING
The strength of our clinic grows from the recommendations of our patents. We are currently in a position to accept new patients and find that the very best way to get more patients like you is by personal referral.  We are very grateful if you choose to spread the word about Moonlight Dental Surgery’s professional and caring service. You can keep up with us online and leave reviews here:
      
We will be in touch again in a month or so with our next newsletter. In the meantime, stay safe and keep smiling!

Kindest regards,

All at Moonlight Dental Surgery

 

Moonlight Dental Surgery
Wentworth Avenue, Slough, Berkshire SL2 2DG
01753 526301
[email protected] – www.moonlightdental.co.uk

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