You may not realize it, but approximately 92% of adults over the age of 40 have at some point in their lives experienced a cavity. Tooth decay is the main cause of cavity and in most cases if it is left untreated it can result in more severe damage to the teeth and lead to deterioration in oral health. Tooth decay is a very common dental problem that can easily go unnoticed. This percentage means that the chances are high that at some point in life you may also experience a cavity. When this time come, don’t worry, our dentists at Springvale Dental Clinic can easily fix the problem using a restorative dental treatment known as tooth fillings.
A tooth filling can be made from a myriad of materials. It is used to completely fill and seal the hole on the tooth which has been caused as a result of cavity, thus preventing the decay from spreading over to the rest of the tooth. Our dentists at Springvale Dental Clinic can comfortably eliminate the decay before it progresses. The type of filing that will be used on you largely depends on your preferences and needs.
You are probably familiar with silver/amalgam and gold fillings, though these are not only ones available. There are a number of options that will be at your disposal if you happen to find yourself with a cavity. Let’s take a look at some of them.
You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to have amalgam fillings; they are affordable. They are also durable and can last up to fifteen years or longer. Since they are made of silver, they stand out and don’t match the surrounding tooth.
They are also very durable and can last up to 15 years. Some people prefer the colouring and shine even if they don’t look like the surrounding teeth. They tend to be more costly compared to other materials.
Composite fillings are made from a mixture of fine glass particles and plastic. The most incredible thing about them is that they match the colour of your teeth. Composite fillings can last up to 5 years, and they are generally less costly.
Porcelain fillings can last for approximately seven years. They have a broad range of pricing. They also match the colour of your teeth. Porcelain fillings are more resistant to staining compared to composite fillings.
Placing a tooth filling is quite simple. We will first clean the cavity of any decay and then place and secure the material of your choice. The process may have some slight differences depending on the type of material you will choose. However, the whole process is quick and easy- no stress, pain or discomfort is experienced. The recovery period is minimal. You will be able to eat normally after the procedure though at first, you may experience some temperature sensitivity. However, this will only last for some few days.
If you think that you may be having a cavity or you’ve simply not been examined for quite a while, please contact our Springvale Dental Clinic and schedule an appointment. Our team will assist in finding a suitable date and time for your visit.
All Dentists of Springvale Dental Clinic are licensed general dentists, trusted by families in Springvale.