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Dental Fillings

Woman in dental chairTooth decay is one of the most common diseases to affect adults and children. Issues like tooth pain due to cavities are also one of the leading causes of missed school days.

Fortunately, tooth decay can be treated while it’s small, before it has a chance to cause abscessed teeth and severe dental pain. The key is to screen routinely and thoroughly.

Dental Decay Exams

We recommend scheduling an exam at least once a year to have your oral health evaluated. If it’s been longer than a year or two since your last set of X-rays, we suggest having new ones taken. Otherwise areas between or inside of your teeth could have active decay that’s missed. As you view the X-rays alongside of us, you can play an active role in co-planning your care and determining the best path for treatment.

Types of Dental Fillings

Most of our fillings are directly placed and made out of a tooth-coloured composite. Larger cavities that need additional reinforcement may require an indirect (lab-made) filling made from porcelain or zirconia. Traditional fillings can be placed quite quickly and are self-curing, so there’s no additional need for re-applying composite or using extra equipment.

Symptoms of Tooth Decay

Not all cavities hurt. However, tooth decay may occasionally lead to dental pain. Some of the other warning signs to look out for include

  • Spaces or holes in your teeth
  • Discoloration in the enamel
  • Food getting caught when you eat
  • Sensitivity to sweets or temperature changes
  • Tenderness when you bite down

Baby teeth get cavities too. Primary teeth can decay at accelerated rates, due to the weaker enamel. Left untreated, the cavity can spread into adjacent teeth. It’s best to treat the decay early to prevent premature tooth loss or complications to their developing smile.

Early stages of tooth decay – if caught early enough – can be reversed, assuming the demineralised area hasn’t yet created a physical hole in the tooth. By the time a cavity has ruptured through the outer layer of enamel, a filling is the only option left to repair your smile.

Following your dental filling appointment you can expect your mouth to feel numb for a few hours until the anaesthetic wears off. It’s common to feel a little tenderness early on where the injection was administered or if you had a large filling placed. If needed, take an over-the-counter pain reliever to minimise any discomfort.

Caring for your new dental filling is as simple as brushing and flossing your teeth each day. Although fillings do not decay, the tooth around them can. It’s important to minimise acid and plaque exposure to avoid recurring cavities in the same area.

If you tend to clench and grind your teeth, it could cause the enamel around your filling to chip. Consider investing in a bite splint to eliminate the chance of tooth damage.

Request Your Visit Today

Learn more about our white dental fillings Port Hedland. Contact our office today to reserve an appointment.

Any invasive or surgical procedure may carry risks. Before moving forward, it is recommended that you seek a second opinion from an appropriately licensed medical professional.

Dental Fillings Port Hedland, South Hedland, Wedgefield, Pilbara WA | (08) 9173-5838