What Is a Filling?
Once a tooth has been damaged by decay, the decay will continue to spread if not treated. A filling is a pain-free way to repair any damaged tooth, restoring it back to its normal shape and function while stopping any more bacteria from attacking the tooth.
During your dental check-up, we use a small mirror to examine the surfaces of each tooth and X-rays help us to determine if you have a cavity that needs to be filled. Symptoms of Cavities
Some of the most common signs of dental decay include
- Pain when you bite down
- Sensitivity to sweets
- Rough edges you can feel with your tongue
- Food or floss catching around your tooth
- Visible darkness or discolouration
“But My Tooth Doesn’t Hurt”
Not all cavities cause pain. Untreated tooth decay can easily spread deeper into your tooth or adjacent teeth. What’s possible to correct today with a small filling might gradually evolve into a condition that requires a crown or root canal.
Minimally invasive fillings aren’t just more affordable, they’re better for your smile!
Cavities in Baby Teeth
Primary tooth decay can spread quite quickly. Instead of removing the tooth or letting the cavity develop, it’s best to treat it before there’s a risk of damage to surrounding permanent teeth.
What Is the Procedure Like?
Before we give you a filling, we numb the area, remove any decay from the tooth and give the affected area a thorough clean—disinfecting and then drying the tooth before adding the filling.
Once the cavity of the tooth is cleaned, we fill the cavity with a special material. After a few minutes, the filling has hardened, then we shape the material so that it looks and feels like a natural tooth.
Made to Match Your Teeth
Composite fillings come in a variety of shades. We’ll use a special tool that matches the white material to the colour of your unique smile. When the filling is placed, you shouldn’t be able to tell where the restoration ends and your tooth starts!
Better for Your Smile
Even better than the cosmetic nature of white fillings is how minimally invasive they are to your tooth. The material bonds closely with your enamel so that it can be placed practically anywhere throughout your mouth. There’s no need to remove excessive, healthy tooth structure to get the material to stay in place. They’re less-invasive than traditional metal fillings.
Oral Care and Fillings
If you want your dental fillings to last a long time, you need to take care of them. A visit to the dentist for a check-up and clean must be scheduled at least once a year. Good oral hygiene and regular dental exams are necessary to prevent further problems.
BOOK YOUR VISIT TODAY
If you’re in need of a tooth filling or suspect a cavity, we’re here for you. Contact our experienced Maroubra dentists today to learn more and to book a visit.
We look forward to welcoming you and your loved ones to our practice. Call today!