Dental fillings are used to restore and repair teeth that have been damaged by decay. Sometimes, the loss of enamel can leave a tooth feeling sensitive. Oral filling material is used to repair the tooth.
Cavities and tooth decay can be spotted quickly by your dentist during a routine dental check-up. Once found, your dentist will remove the decayed section, clean the area and then fill the cavity with a gold, porcelain, composite resin, or an amalgam filling. All these materials will prevent further decay by removing access to bacteria.
Sometimes a filling isn’t enough to repair tooth decay. Therefore, a dental crown, bridge, implant, or root canal surgery is required. Regularly visiting your dentist can help to detect problems early on, which will prevent more expensive procedures.
Dental Decay Prevention
Preventative measures have been put in place over the last 60+ years which are helping to reduce dental disease. It’s is really simple if you follow these easy steps:
Use a fluoride toothpaste and brush your teeth twice a day
Floss with dental floss or an interdental cleaner at least once a day
Limit eating and drinking between meals
- Speak to your dentist about dental sealants
- Prevention of erosion and moving
- Pay regular visits to your dentist
- Eat a well-balanced diet
- Ask your dentist about supplemental fluoride treatment.