Why tooth filling is necessary?

Whether you’ve spotted the cavity yourself, or your dentist has pointed it out to you during a routine examination, there is no time to waste when it comes to getting tooth fillings done.

It can often be tempting to delay dental work, for any number of reasons. But when it comes to your oral health care, delays are quite often the way to see problems accelerating and escalating in a relatively short period of time.

Dental Caries

Understanding dental caries

Dental caries, more commonly referred to as cavities, are one of the more common concerns seen in patients. Cavities form when large amounts of bacteria in your mouth attack the enamel on your teeth. It is important to note that bacteria are always present in our mouths. When food particles get stuck to our teeth, or between our teeth, bacteria use this fuel source to increase their numbers. In time, the bacteria will start to work on the enamel on your teeth, and if left to grow unchecked, small holes will be made on the surface of your teeth.

These tiny cavities may seem like they aren’t much of a concern, but they are just the start of the problems you could be facing if you do not address them as soon as possible

These tiny cavities may seem like they aren’t much of a concern, but they are just the start of the problems you could be facing if you do not address them as soon as possible.

If your teeth and gums are otherwise healthy, there should be little to no discomfort during your professional cleanings.You can request that your gums be numbed so that any discomfort you do feel is minimized.

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  • The dangers of leaving cavities untreated

    That small cavity on your tooth may not be growing much, from what you can see. Perhaps you are still maintaining a great oral healthcare routine at home, with brushing and flossing after every meal? The problem is that bacteria still have a place to hide, and continue to cause damage. Bacteria will continue to erode your tooth. Even if the size of the cavity doesn’t appear to have increased on the surface, there’s just no telling what kind of extensive damage you may be sustaining beneath the surface.

    You may start to feel twinges and aches in that tooth. And you may find yourself experiencing severe pain once the decay has spread into the root canals of your tooth. This could lead to needing root canal treatment, or you may even be faced with the potential of losing that tooth if the decay continues to go untreated.

  • How can a filling help?

    Using composite resin fillings that match the colour of your teeth, you’ll be able to offer protection to the decayed area of the tooth. Composite resin is a very versatile and durable material that can be used to address other concerns on your teeth, including chips or the damage done to the enamel by teeth grinding.

    Fillings can be placed anywhere on your teeth, including the front of the teeth. This is because the filling materials will be tinted to match your natural tooth colour. During your appointment to address the cavity, your dentist can also discuss alternate filling materials if necessary.

  • What to expect during a tooth filling procedure?

    Generally speaking, undergoing the filling procedure is a simple process. X-rays may be taken in order to determine the extent of the decay and damage prior to your dentist getting in there.

    The treatment area, including the tooth and the surrounding gum tissue, will be numbed so that you feel no pain during the procedure.

    After you are numbed, your dentist will start to remove the decayed enamel, using dental tools designed specifically for this purpose. The sound of the drill may be disconcerting for some patients, so be sure to ask for music to listen to if it will prove to be helpful for you.

    Once the infected areas have been removed, your dentist will disinfect the area to ensure that the bacteria have been completely removed. The treated area will then be filled with the composite resin, and set. The filling may be filed and smoothed down so that it offers you a completely natural look.

  • Will there be any pain?

    Being numbed with a local anesthetic will ensure that there is no pain felt during any part of the tooth filling procedure. At most, patients will feel a pinch from the needle stick. That discomfort will pass very quickly, and the numbing agent will get to work.

    After the procedure there may be some tenderness, but patients typically do not experience any pain after a tooth filling procedure.

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Fillings can be placed anywhere on your teeth, including the front of the teeth. This is because the filling materials will be tinted to match your natural tooth colour. During your appointment to address the cavity, your dentist can also discuss alternate filling materials if necessary.

Once your teeth have been filled, your enamel will be buffed and polished carefully. This will help to strengthen the enamel, remove stains, and give you a bright white smile.

General Dental Treatments

  • Hygiene Treatment with Hygienist (30 mins)
    €65
  • Hygiene visit for PRSI patients
    €15-€23
  • Fillings – White
    €90-150
  • Fillings – Silver
    from €90
  • Extraction
    €90-€150
  • Acrylic-based Dentures
    €400-€850
  • Metal-based Dentures
    €900-€1200
  • Root Canal Treatment (tax allowable)
    €390-€700
  • Crowns (tax allowable)
    €700
  • Implant Restoration (tax allowable)
    €1100 per unit

Tooth Fillings - After care

Sensitivity to Hot & Cold

Tooth fillings are very routine procedures, and are minimally invasive. This means that you’ll be able to return to normal activities once your filling has been completed. There may be some sensitivity to hot and very cold food and drinks for up to a day, but this should pass very quickly.

Possible Discomfort

Over the counter pain medications can help to alleviate any sort of sensitivity that you are feeling.  Caring for your tooth filling is much the same as caring for your natural teeth, be patient and give your mouth time to recover after this procedure.

Daily Brushing

Daily brushing and flossing, along with a good mouth rinse, will help to keep your teeth and your whole mouth healthy and happy.  During your annual dental exam, your dentist will check on your filling in order to determine whether it is in need of repair or replacement.  The great thing about fillings is they avoid extractions and the need to look for dentures, dental bridges or dental implants.

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Since its founding Bagenalstown Dental has been providing its patients with full dental care, dental washing, dental bridges and root canal treatments, dentistry, dentistry and immediate care.

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