Most of us will develop at least one tooth cavity in our lifetimes. In the past, amalgam was the go-to material used to fix dental cavities. Amalgam is durable and lasts, but many patients did not like silver in their smile line. Others had specific allergies to the material.
These days, your dentists in Walkerville and Richmond rely on tooth-coloured fillings, designed to match your teeth. This virtually invisible alternative to amalgam is durable and dependable, allowing you to enjoy your favourite meals and to carry on smiling and laughing without concern for aesthetics.
If you have silver fillings and would like to change these to tooth-coloured restorations, we invite you to arrange a booking with one of our dentists.
A tooth cavity is an area of decay on your tooth that requires intervention by a dental professional.
While many believe that cavities are exclusive to children, the reality is much different. At Beautiful Smile Dental, we provide dental fillings for patients of all ages.
The process starts with a numbing agent—and nitrous oxide (Richmond location only) if you need a little extra relaxation in the form of this soothing gas. Nitrous oxide is delivered through a small nose mask. When we remove the mask following your procedure, the gas wears off straight away, so you can drive yourself home from our dental surgery. This relaxing gas is safe for adults and children.
Once the area to be worked on is thoroughly numb, and you are relaxed, your dentist gently clears away the decay on your tooth and seals the location with your tooth-coloured filling.
You should not feel any pain but may note some pressure as your dentist works in the numbed region of your mouth. Following your treatment, you may notice mild discomfort for a day or two. This discomfort can be alleviated by taking pain relief medication purchased over the counter at a pharmacy.
Lower Your Cavity Risk
The best way for patients of all ages to lower their cavity risk is to visit the dentist on schedule for dental check-ups and teeth cleans.
Your dentist can spot a tiny cavity before it grows to cause pain or threatens the integrity of your tooth. Regular dental exams also lower your risk for gum disease and future tooth loss.
A professional teeth clean clears away all that your toothbrush leaves behind—the very tartar and bacteria that lead to tooth decay, root infections and gum disease.
You should also wear your nightguard or talk to your dentist about a custom nightguard if you suffer from bruxism, which means you grind and clench your teeth. Bruxism can increase your cavity risk due to enamel wear and fractures.
Dr Jim Moutos and his associates, Drs Biren Mehta and Monica Malone, also recommend cutting down on sugary and acidic foods and drinks.
For those who are especially vulnerable to cavities, your family dentist may recommend a fluoride treatment or fissure sealants.
We Welcome Your Call
If you would like to arrange an exam, or if you’re looking to switch silver fillings to the tooth-coloured alternative, we invite you to arrange a booking.