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What Are Dental Fillings?

Dental fillings are a restorative dental procedure. At the beginning of the appointment, your dentist will examine your teeth to diagnose the size of decay, in some situations, an x-ray may be necessary to figure out the exact depth of the cavity on the tooth.

Upon the treatment of the cavity, your dentist will remove any decay from your tooth and then places a filling material into your tooth to restore the cavity. Removing cavities is important as this prevents any further damage to the tooth.

Dental fillings are most appropriate for small fractures or decays; for more serious circumstances, your dentist may decide to use an alternative treatment to restore your tooth, including either a dental crown or implant.

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When Are Dental Fillings Needed

When Are Dental Fillings Needed?

You may require a visit to your dentist for a dental filling if you are – 

  1. Experiencing some sensitivity and/or pain when you are eating foods that are sweet or drinking some cold and hot drinks,
  2. Experiencing any toothaches,
  3. Have some pain in your gum around a tooth or 
  4. Have broken one of your teeth or had an existing filling come out
Why Is Dental Filling So Important

Why Is Dental Filling So Important?

Most people’s thoughts are of cavities and unpleasant experiences when they think of a dental appointment, but they don’t think of why they may need it. Most people try to take care of their teeth, they always try to keep their mouths clean and healthy by brushing and flossing every day.

However, occasionally, you can still have cavities on your teeth. This can be caused by poor oral hygiene practices, and/or not adequately brushing after drinking alcohol or having especially sweet foods.

You may have to either extract a tooth or even receive a root canal treatment if you do not receive a filling in time and the issue becomes worse. A false tooth may then be needed, which is not only costlier, but it also requires a lengthier time to complete, which is not as simple as a regular dental filling. It can also create a possible gap in the smile unless the tooth can be replaced with another method. All of this may be prevented by having a dental filling as soon as a cavity appears in the mouth.

This is one of the reasons it is essential that you visit your dentist regularly every 6 to 12 months for check-ups to prevent any further damage to your teeth or gums.

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Can Dental Cavities Or Decay Spread To Other Teeth?

One of the most important reasons as to why dental fillings need to be done immediately after diagnosis is because if they are not, dental cavities and decay can spread to your other teeth and turn your healthy teeth into damaged ones, requiring you to need more fillings. 

If you leave any teeth with cavities in your mouth, not only will the neighbouring teeth be affected but also the affected teeth will remain in the mouth, these allowing bacteria to develop and spread all over your mouth, and if the infection is not treated it can potentially spread to other areas of your body and lead to other unwanted diseases.

What Filling Material Is Used At Your Clinic?

At Nundah Central Dental, we are an amalgam-free clinic and don’t use any amalgam for our patients, instead, we use composite resin or tooth-coloured materials that are still strong and durable.

Silver Amalgam has been used regularly since the 19th century and contains mercury that can increase toxicity on the negative effects on your health, therefore, we decided to discontinue the use of amalgam in our practice for this reason.

We are a clinic that always uses composite resin materials because:

  • It’s mercury-free (meaning safer for our patient’s health)
  • Durability 
  • There are many tooth-coloured options (giving you a more natural look)
  • They can last up to 20 years

Types Of Dental Fillings

Multiple materials for dental fillings are now available in dental clinics. Teeth can be filled using silver amalgam (mercury combined with tin, copper, silver, and zinc), porcelain, gold, or composite resin fillings (which are tooth-coloured plastic and/or glass ionomer materials).

The material used for your dental filling, that best meets your requirements is determined by the area and size of the dental filling required, your dentist will discuss any options for this with you.

Will A Dental Filling Be Painful?

The treatment process should always be painless due to the local anesthetic used by your dentist, which numbs the area surrounding the afflicted tooth, improving the patient’s comfort during the procedure.

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After Care For A Dental Filling

So that you can keep your dental fillings in excellent condition, it is important to always practice proper dental hygiene; see your dentist for cleanings on a 6 to 12 monthly basis, brush twice daily with fluoridated toothpaste, floss daily, and use an antibacterial mouthwash, as required.

If your dentist thinks that one of your previous filling materials could be leaking or broken (if the sides of the material used doesn’t correctly fit with the tooth. This can allow saliva and food to dissolve between the tooth and the filling, which may cause the filling material to come away or leak), they will need to conduct x-rays to evaluate the issue. Call your dentist for a consultation if you feel the tooth is feeling hypersensitive.

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Do You Need A Dentist Appointment?

Getting the dental care, you want and need is much easier than you think. At Nundah Central Dental, we have flexible hours and available free parking, to meet your time.

If you are worried about your teeth and think that you may need a dental filling, simply call our clinic at (07) 3130 4472 and our team will assist you to ensure you receive the best dental care possible.

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