Dental Fillings Can Restore the Appearance and Function of Your Teeth
A dental filling, also known as a tooth filling, is a popular restorative treatment. Typically, they are manufactured from plastic, metal, glass, or a combination of these materials. Fillings are also used to cover cracked or chipped teeth. They restore the structure and function of damaged teeth.
At Joondanna Family Dental, we use high-quality materials to create custom dental fillings that are designed specifically for your teeth. These fillings protect against chipping, cracking, and other damage while also improving the look and feel of your smile. Whether you have dental pain or have noticed signs of dental decay in your mouth, don’t hesitate to visit us for a dental filling today!
Advantages of Dental Fillings
Manage Dental Decay: Fillings stop the progression of decay. By filling in the cavity, your dentist seals the hole created by the decayed part of your tooth. The filling provides a line of defence against harmful bacteria, preventing further decay.
You should seek treatment as soon as possible if you develop a cavity to avoid further damage that could require an extraction. If you’re looking for a way to protect your teeth from decay, Joondanna Family Dental is here to help. We offer various filling materials, including composite resin and ceramic.
Restore Tooth: As they replace the damaged part of the tooth, fillings preserve most of the tooth structure. If anything, they help improve the structural integrity of your teeth. With a filling, the tooth will be supported instead of being hollowed out.
We are proud to offer our patients high-quality dental fillings. When a tooth is damaged, we carefully remove the damaged part of the tooth and then fill in the resulting cavity with strong, durable material. With Joondanna Family Dental, you can rest assured that you are getting the best possible care for your smile.
Aesthetically Pleasing: Dental fillings can improve the aesthetics of your smile. There are filling materials, such as composite resin and ceramic, that blend seamlessly with the surrounding teeth. Often, they are used to brighten teeth that are stained or discoloured.
At Joondanna Family Dental, we understand the importance of maintaining a healthy, beautiful smile. Whether you have a cavity, a chipped or cracked tooth, or other dental issues, we can provide treatment to improve both the health and aesthetics of your smile. Our dentists are skilled in all forms of dental filling treatments and know exactly how to ensure a seamless and natural-looking finish.
Quick and Inexpensive: Fillings are used for small and large areas, followed by a crown if extra support is needed. In addition to being less costly, dental fillings can usually be placed during a single visit to our office. This means you’ll spend less time at the dentist. There’s no need to worry about postponing other activities in order to seek treatment.
Thanks to advancements in technology and materials over the years, fillings are typically a long-lasting solution that can last several years before needing replacement or maintenance. So, if you are looking for an effective way to repair minor tooth decay and protect your smile, look no further than Joondanna Family Dental for top-quality dental fillings. We look forward to serving all your family’s needs!
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FAQs about Dental Fillings
Several dental issues would require a filling:
- Dental cavity
- Chipped tooth
- Cracked teeth
- Fractured tooth
- Tiny holes that may not necessarily be cavities
- Weakened teeth
- Stained or discoloured teeth
- Lost filling
A cavity will grow larger if you ignore it. As decay progresses, your teeth will become more brittle. This increases the likelihood of your teeth breaking or cracking. You may experience a lot of pain as well as poor oral health due to this condition.
In addition, bacteria can enter the tooth through the enamel and penetrate the innermost layer. This can lead to infection, gingivitis, or the death of the tooth. If this occurs, it may be necessary to undergo root canal therapy or extract the tooth.
Modern dentistry makes dental fillings a quick and painless procedure. To ensure you feel comfortable or if you have severe dental anxiety, we offer sedation and relaxation options at Joondanna Family Dental. These options include nitrous oxide (happy gas) in the form of inhalation sedation, oral sedation, and IV sedation. Do not hesitate to let us know at the time of booking if you think you might need any of these options. We are here to make your experience as comfortable as possible.
It depends on the type of filling material. Although rarely used nowadays, silver amalgam typically hardens and reaches maximum strength after 24 hours. It is recommended that you wait for at least 24 hours after the filling has been placed before chewing on the side of your mouth where it is located. Composite fillings, however, harden immediately after your dentist applies a blue UV light to your tooth. Following your dental appointment, you can usually eat right away. However, your dentist may advise you to wait for at least 2 hours after your filling has been placed if it is still numb.
Here are some tips for maintaining your dental fillings:
- Practice good oral hygiene by brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, and rinsing your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash.
- Visit your dentist for regular check-ups and routine cleanings.
- Do not chew on hard foods.
- Avoid sugary foods and drinks.
- Reduce your intake of sticky foods.
- Wear a night mouthguard if you grind your teeth at night.
Here are a few of the potential complications of dental fillings:
- Tooth or nerve damage: Fillings may result in damage to other teeth. There is also a risk of nerve or blood vessel damage.
- Allergy: Metal allergies or anaesthesia allergies may cause dental sensitivity after a filling. You may experience itching or a rash. If you suspect an allergic reaction, consult your dentist.
- Filling Deterioration: Over time, fillings can become worn away, chipped, or cracked when biting, grinding, or clenching. Silver amalgam fillings may expand and contract over time with temperature changes, causing the surrounding tooth structure to become damaged and weakened.
- Pulpitis: If decayed tissue is not entirely removed from a tooth, the pulp can become infected. When your tooth pulp becomes inflamed, it is called pulpitis. The affected area may be swollen or have a pocket of pus near the tooth.