Fillings restore a tooth that has been damaged by decay, by returning it to its original shape and function. The decay caused by plaque acids that gradually dissolve away enamel and create holes in your teeth can often cause pain, discomfort, and sensitivity to hot and cold. If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, it may be time for a filling.
There are primarily four types of dental materials used to restore teeth these are gold, amalgam (silver), composite resins or porcelain. Allergies and your preference for how your mouth looks may influence the type of restorative materials used in your treatment. During your dental check up your dentist will discuss with you their recommendations.
Fillings can have a life expectancy of many years. However, some may need to be replaced sooner (particularly larger fillings) if they are bearing a heavier functional load. As part of your regular check up, we examine all fillings to make sure they are still providing the protection you need to prevent further decay.
When you come in for a filling, we will first clean the tooth and remove the decay. Depending on how deep the filling and your comfort level you may be offered a local anaesthetic to prevent you feeling any discomfort. The tooth is then filled with the appropriate material to guard against further damage. The filling is then filed down to a level that feels natural for chewing to ensure your comfort.
Are you experiencing pain or sensitivity to hot or cold? Call the Goulburn Family and Cosmetic Dental Practice today on (02) 4822 8224 to book your next dental check up.