A good brushing and flossing routine are a must to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
With regular dentist check-ups and cleans, your dentist can keep a close eye any areas that are at risk of tooth decay.
If the need for a filling arises, there’s no need to panic. Our dentists will do everything possible to make you feel comfortable and take you through the repair process.
Tooth decay is often accompanied by discomfort. Common signs of tooth decay include:
- Sensitivity when you eat cold or sugary food
- Pain when you bite down
- A hole that you can see or feel with your tongue
- Black, brown, or white staining on a tooth
Early stages of tooth decay are often only diagnosed by your dentist, which makes regular check-ups even more important.
As tooth decay progresses, it forms what is known as a cavity. As the name suggests, a cavity is a tiny hole in the surface of your tooth. If the hole is allowed to progress untreated, the internal structure of the tooth can be compromised and lead to irreversible damage.
The most common form of treatment for tooth cavity, is a filling. Your dentist will clean the cavity and protect the area with a material to protect the tooth.
If your dentist discovers tooth decay, they may require a second appointment to have the actual repair work done.
Your comfort is our priority at Blue Gum Dental.
If required, your dentist will provide you with an anaesthetic to numb the tooth and gums in the area.
For individuals that have sensitive teeth and gums, your dentist may numb the area with a topical solution to further increase comfort. Many patients don’t feel any pain at all.
Once you are comfortable, your dentist will begin treating the tooth decay, and repairing the tooth.