Our professional dentists will detect any decay present in your teeth at your dental check-up with the help of X-rays and an oral examination, and determine how deep the decay is or how extensive it is – the dentist will recommend several options depending on different findings.
Tooth Decay and Tooth Filling Solution
Tooth decay is caused by dental plaque, a transparent film of bacteria that grows on your teeth throughout the day and night – if not removed by brushing and flossing, the bacteria in dental plaque can produce acids in the presence of sugars. This acid will make holes in your teeth and can progress deep into the inner layers of your tooth, eventually causing a toothache when it reaches your tooth nerve.
Our professional dentists will detect any decay present in your teeth at your dental check-up with the help of X-rays and an oral examination and determine how deep the decay is or how extensive it is.
Subsequently, the dentist will recommend several options depending on different findings:
- $If it is not too deep, and a small hole – the dentist will be able to place a tooth coloured filling
- $If it is not too deep, but too large, the doctor will recommend either a crown for your tooth or a partial crown (onlay).
- $If it is deep, causing you pain, and has reached the nerve of the tooth – the doctor will recommend root canal therapy, a treatment where the tooth nerve is removed and filled with a rubber material. After the root canal procedure, the doctor will recommend either a crown or an onlay.
Signs You Need A Tooth Filling
Some early warning signs of cavities and the need for a tooth filling can include:
- $A toothache, pain or sensitivities to foods that are too hot or cold
- $Pain or sensitivity to pressure or certain foods like sweets
- $Throbbing or sudden pain when chewing food
- $Dark spots on the tooth
- $A hole in the tooth that is visible or can be felt
- $Food consistently getting stuck between certain teeth or floss snagging in a certain spot
- $A feeling of roughness on the tooth
- $A previous filling breaking or getting lost