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The Importance Of Dental Fillings

The Importance of Dental Fillings

Most people at some stage of their life will require a dental filling for a cavity. A simple procedure, dental fillings are the most common procedure performed by dentists and are designed to protect your teeth. In this blog, we will discuss the importance of fillings and why visiting your dentist is essential in maintaining your smile’s health.

What is a cavity?

Our teeth are protected by a thin outer covering called enamel. This tough shell is the hardest part of the body and exists as an essential defence against decay. A diet high in sugary foods content from lollies or soda and lifestyle choices like smoking and drinking alcohol can contribute to enamel breakdown. When enamel breaks down, teeth are more vulnerable to decay. If left untreated, decay can lead to cavities, a small hole that can grow bigger and deeper over time.

When should I have a cavity checked?

Dentists are trained to detect the smallest of breakdowns in the teeth enamel. To the untrained eye, your teeth may appear in pristine condition. Although, even with excellent dental hygiene, we as humans are prone to cavities. Regular dental check-ups are essential in preventative teeth care and can help minimise dental work which may need to be performed. If you can feel a hole in your teeth with your tongue or see one in the mirror, it is essential to visit your dentist immediately. The dentist will place a dental filling to protect your teeth, prevent further enamel deterioration, and decrease the likelihood of requiring more extensive dental work such as a root canal procedure.

Are there different types of fillings available?

With advances in dental technology, we are fortunate today to have various options when it comes to dental fillings. The primary material used for fillings today are called composite fillings and are made of resin and designed to match the colour of your natural teeth. This is often the preferred method as they are the most pleasing aesthetically. Gold fillings are still available and often chosen for their durability and strength compared to composite fillings.

What happens during the filling procedure?

Having a dental filling is a simple and straightforward procedure. Before filling cavities, the dentist may numb the area around the tooth to minimise the discomfort you may feel during the procedure. Next, the dentist will remove the tooth decay through drilling and then replace the part of the tooth extracted with your desired filling material. The process can be completed in as little as 15 minutes.

Aftercare of fillings

After a filling is placed, you may remain numb for some time and have some sensitivity around the teeth, which had work done. This is normal and should go away within a few hours. Proper dental hygiene is essential when taking care of your teeth, including fillings. Brushing and frequently flossing, as well as decreasing your consumption of high sugar content drinks and food, will help preserve both your teeth and fillings.

To look after your teeth, we suggest seeing the dentist every 3 – 4 months. For more information on this procedure, call Dental Avenue Parramatta today to book a check-up appointment.

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