Cavities and Fillings

cavities and fillings

It's time to get some Fillings in those Cavities!

Painfree fillings for those pesky cavities. We'll get your dental health back on track!

Cavities are holes left in the structure of the tooth. Cavities can be painful and may often lead to the sufferer having trouble eating and leading a normal life.

Fillings can be used to fix cavities. Fillings can also be used to fix chipped or broken teeth that may be causing an aesthetic or functional problem. At Redland Bay Smiles, we only use the latest tooth coloured filling and bonding materials. Our ceiling mounted televisions with Foxtel will help keep you occupied and relaxed while our Dentists work away.

What causes cavities?

Cavities are generally the end result of improper brushing or flossing as well as poor diet choices such as sugary foods and drinks. The process that leads to cavity formation is known as dental caries, or tooth decay.

what causes tooth decay

What causes Tooth Decay?

Essentially, the process of Dental caries starts when food particles, particularly simple carbohydrates such as lollies, remain on a tooth surface for a prolonged period of time. These food particles attract bacteria which metabolise the particles and release acid which breaks down tooth structure or forms a cavity.

How do fillings work?

Fillings are used to fill the void left behind by tooth decay and help prevent it spreading further. Any decayed material in the cavity is removed and the filling material is used to fill it up, and in some cases, also replace any empty spaces that helped debris accumulate and cause tooth decay in the first place.

Where can cavities form?

Dental caries (cavities) can form in a variety of places, but are most commonly found in spots where it’s easiest for food and debris to collect and persist past brushing and flossing. Some of the areas that you need to be particularly careful of include the spaces between your teeth, around any fillings, bridges or orthodontics, and near your gum line. Cavities can also form in cracks in your teeth and the pits in the crown of your back teeth, which is why it’s so important to brush thoroughly and have regular checkups.

How are cavities diagnosed?

We look for cavities at every single checkup. We’ll also take the opportunity to check for cavities when you’re in for other appointments. The most common method of diagnosing cavities is probing around potential trouble spots using a basic tool called an “explorer” to find any weakness, debris collection or existing damage. We may also request an x-ray, as this can help us identify potential issues in places that are a little hard to reach. Or where we risk causing damage with the explorer.

How is Tooth Decay Treated?

The cavities must be cleaned out and filled to ensure they do not progress and become potentially painful and costly to repair. It is much easier to treat tooth decay in its earliest stages. In some cases, the effects of tooth decay can be reversed. This is what we use fluoride treatment for – it can help remineralise your teeth and regain some of the ground lost to tooth decay. More commonly, tooth decay progresses to the point that only a dentist can treat it. This is when the tooth enamel has been cracked or otherwise compromised. At this stage of tooth decay, you will most likely require a filling.

What are fillings made from?

Fillings are made from a variety of materials. Dental amalgam is a common material. Made from silver, mercury, copper and other durable metals, dental amalgam is a great solution for most cavities. We can also use a composite resin that is extremely durable and is designed to appear similar to the surrounding teeth. Ceramic materials are also sometimes used.

What happens when you get a filling?

Some basic fillings can be performed without the need for extensive cleaning out of the area. However, quite often we will need to use a small drill to help remove debris and create a spot for the cavity where it can take hold and remain for the long term. If we need to do any drilling, we’ll use a local anaesthetic to numb the area to ensure you don’t feel any pain. Sometimes we may use a laser to treat tooth decay.

Is a filling painful?

Fillings aren’t usually painful. If there is any risk of pain, we’ll use a local anaesthetic to so that you don’t feel any. You may feel some pressure or buzzing from the drill, or some other odd sensations from us poking around inside your teeth, but there shouldn’t be any pain.

How can you prevent cavities?

The key to prevent cavities is to ensure you are brushing and flossing regularly, limiting your intake of sugary foods and drinks as well as having your teeth checked every 6 months by a Dental professional.

Left untreated, Cavities can cause serious damage. Organise an appointment to get Fillings today.

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