Are you experiencing tooth pain or discomfort? Worried you need a tooth filling? Maybe you have you missed a few checkups? If so, it’s important to visit your family dentist at your earliest convenience. By acting quickly, you can prevent or ease pain, and potentially avoid tooth damage.
However, if you leave it too long between appointments, and the decay has progressed past a certain point, you may develop a cavity (or hole) that requires filling. Unfortunately, the only way to fill a hole is to use a filling. But, don’t despair, tooth fillings are a safe and effective way to treat dental decay and ease pain and discomfort. Read on to learn more.
What is a tooth filling?
Tooth fillings are dental treatments that fill cavities in your teeth. While there are many reasons to get a tooth filling, the most common one is to treat dental decay. Dentists place fillings in teeth to prevent bacteria or plaque from building up and reduce the possibility of serious infection and any further damage.
Tooth fillings allow your teeth to remain healthy and continue to function properly. However, to best protect your teeth and avoid the need to get them filled, it’s important to maintain a good oral hygiene routine by brushing and flossing your teeth daily, and visiting your dentist every six months for check-ups and cleans.
What are the different types of teeth fillings?
Depending on the type and severity of your cavity, your dentist will recommend either a porcelain or ceramic, or composite resin filling. Each type shares the same goal of treating the cavity, but differ in composition, durability and cost. After your initial dental examination and discussing your options, your dentist will remove and clean out the decayed area.
Book an appointment with Gosford Family Dentist
At Gosford Family Dentist, we take a preventative approach to dentistry for a healthy and beautiful smile. Our dentists are ready to provide professional and quality care. Contact our friendly team at Gosford Family Dentist on 4325 3221 or leave us a message.