There are several risks and potential side effects associated with dental fillings:
- Infection: Sometimes, a filling can pull away from the tooth, leaving a space where bacteria can enter and cause further tooth decay and infection.
- Damage: Fillings can break or fall out completely, possibly due to being hit in the mouth or biting something hard. This can cause discomfort and additional oral health issues.
- Sensitivity: Patients may experience sensitivity to hot, cold, sweet, or pressure after getting a dental filling, usually subsiding within a week or two.
- Allergic Reactions: Though rare, allergic reactions to the materials used in fillings can occur, leading to symptoms like itching or a skin rash.
- Discomfort or Pain: Temporary discomfort or pain around the filling area may be felt but should diminish in a few days.
- Improper Fitting: If a filling is not shaped properly, it may affect the bite, requiring adjustments.
- Longevity and Wear: Fillings can wear down or even fall out over time, particularly with constant pressure from chewing or grinding.
- Interaction with Other Dental Materials: Different dental materials may react with each other, causing discomfort, though this is rare.
- Aesthetic Considerations: Composite resin might stain over time.
Our procedures for fillings for teeth in Shenton Park are performed with great care to minimise these risks. Open communication with your dental professional about your medical history and specific concerns, as well as regular follow-up care, can help provide a positive experience with dental fillings.