Fillings and Restorations
Fillings are required when Tooth decay is present in the tooth.
Tooth enamel is eroded due to acid producing bacteria resulting in destruction of the tooth. Plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, constantly forms on your teeth.
When you eat or drink foods especially sugary foods or drinks containing carbohydrates, the bacteria in plaque produce acids attacking tooth enamel. The stickiness of the plaque keeps these acids in contact with your teeth and after many such attacks, the enamel can break down and a cavity forms.
Our dentist will look for signs of decay, such as brown or black spots we always find it helpful to show these images to you on our in room screens.
Our Dentist may want to use X-rays to take a closer look at problem areas. If you have a very small cavity, we may keep an eye on it, or fill it right away.
If a large cavity is not filled it can get bigger, cause pain, and lead to root canal treatment or worse, meaning it may result in losing the tooth all together.
If you have a cavity and it needs a filling, there are different kinds of fillings to do the job.
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When assessing the filling required and determining the price several factors are assessed.
- The tooth is separated into 5 surfaces.
- The Size and amount if surfaces will determine the cost.
Any tooth requiring a filling replacing more than 50% of the tooth structure is best treated with a crown. The final decision on which type of filling is placed in your mouth is yours alone however our Dentist will advise you as to their recommendations for the best outcome.