It can be upsetting to learn that you need a dental filling, especially if it’s the first time. So, to arm you with information, the dentists at Duncan Dental in Tauranga wanted to tell you everything you need to know about fillings.
There are many reasons a tooth may require a dental filling. The most common is due to tooth decay that has resulted in your tooth developing a hole, or cavity. Other causes include developmental defects, trauma, wear and tear, or replacement of older dental restorations.
When a dentist examines your teeth, they are looking out for any teeth that need fillings. Dental fillings will remove any decay and repair teeth, giving your mouth its full function again. They are simple, quick and commonly carried out procedures.
The three most common dental materials for fillings are:
• amalgam restorations (silver fillings)
• composite restorations (white fillings), and
• glass ionomer resin cement (GIC) restorations.
Each material has its advantages and disadvantages and there are some clinical situations where a specific material is the only option – your dentist will help determine which option is best for you.
If you notice any pain, sensitivity or can see or feel a cavity in your tooth, getting a dental filling early is best. With regular checkups and prompt treatment, fillings stop a cavity from getting bigger, protecting your tooth from more invasive measures like extraction or root canal.
For a dental checkup or to discuss any concerns about cavities and dental fillings, book an appointment with one of the dentists at our Tauranga-based clinic.