Most of us need a tooth filling from time to time. Many of us even need more than one! You normally need a dental filling because a tooth has developed some level of decay, or maybe an old dental tooth filling has started to fail. As the name suggests, a dental filling is used to fill up that small hole in your tooth caused by decay, using a filling material (as you can tell, we dentists are creative with names).
Dental filling materials can be made from a variety of materials, but most commonly dentists use a composite resin filling. Composite resin fillings are becoming the favoured choice as technology improvements make them just as good as amalgam fillings (and better looking). Regular brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash will minimise the chance of tooth decay and the need to get a dental tooth filling.
How can we help?
The best time to have a tooth filling is as soon as the decay starts. This is why it is important to come in for regular dental exams. The sooner we can catch the decay in your tooth, the lesser the decay will be, and the smaller the filling will need to be.
As much as we might wish it could, tooth decay won’t just go away on its own. If left untreated, the decay will get worse and if it hasn’t already done so, will lead to that dreaded toothache that we all hate so much.
Dental fillings restore teeth harmed by decay back to their original form. Fillings are a very successful type of dental treatment if the decay is treated early. If the decay isn’t caught early enough, that is when we might need to do a more significant treatment than a dental tooth filling.
Regular check-up visits to a dentist will help spot decay earlier and having a small filling is both less painful and more affordable.
If you do need a filling, at Team Dental we will make sure that you are comfortable throughout the procedure and that it is as quick and painless as possible.
We can normally see you for an appointment on the day you phone. Our emergency practices in Tauranga and Christchurch are open 7 days a week (364 days a year), but no matter where you are calling from, we will book you in as soon as we can.
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