Dental Fillings

Do you experience tooth sensitivity when brushing your teeth or consuming hot or cold foods and drinks?

This is a common sign of having tooth decay that requires treating.

Tooth decay left untreated tends to result in ongoing damage to your tooth which can be widespread. Tooth decay, in its early stages, is easily treatable. However, if the decay spreads to the nerve in the centre of your tooth, you can experience discomfort and may need more complex dental treatment. Ignoring tooth decay completely can ultimately lead to tooth loss.

At Palm Beach Dental, if you have a small hole in your tooth (cavity) or a small chip or crack, our dentists may recommend a dental filling as a method of restoration and preventing further damage. We use tooth-coloured materials for dental fillings, meaning they not only restore function but blend in with your surrounding tooth

The Process For Dental Fillings

If during a check-up your dentist determines that you need a dental filling, you’ll have a follow-up appointment to receive your treatment.

At our Palm Beach family dentist, having dental fillings is nothing to worry about. Modern-day anaesthetics, the way we administer them, and our extra gentle approach mean you’ll be as comfortable as possible at all times.

Here’s what an appointment for a dental filling usually looks like:

Before beginning any part of the process, the area will be numbed.
When you’re feeling relaxed and comfortable and your local anaesthetic has kicked in, your dentist will gently remove the decayed and damaged bits of tooth. This is done with the aim of preserving as much of your natural tooth structure as possible.
Once your tooth is clean and disinfected, your dentist will seal it using a tooth-coloured resin or ceramic filling. This prevents further bacteria from entering your tooth. It also restores its strength and function. Unlike traditional dental fillings, modern dental fillings do not need much time to set.
Once set, your dentist will check your bite and make any necessary adjustments to ensure the perfect fit. The last step involves the polishing of your dental filling, leaving you with a smooth, natural-looking finish.

Do I Need A Dental Filling?

Decay, in its early stages, is hard to spot. You may have tiny cavities and not know about it. It’s usually once the decay progresses that you’ll begin to notice signs and symptoms. This is one of the reasons why regular check-ups are vital to maintaining great oral health.

Only an oral examination with a dentist can determine if you need a dental filling, but common signs may include:

Dental x-rays are important for detecting areas of decay between teeth and other areas that aren’t visible from the surface.

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