Decay is one of the most common preventable conditions to affect the health of both children and adults. While many modern advancements, such as fluoride toothpaste, make it easier to avoid cavities, most people will need at least one filling throughout their lifetimes. At both our Korumburra and Inverloch locations, the dentists at Avid Dental use tooth-coloured fillings to minimise the impact on the appearance of your smile.
What Causes Dental Caries (Decay)?
The common belief is that sugar causes cavities, and that is part of the story. Other factors, such as hygiene habits, diet quality and genetics also play a role in avoiding dental decay.
In addition to sugar, processed carbohydrates and acidic food and drinks cause enamel to soften and open the door to the development of a cavity.
The best way to reduce the risk of decay is with a preventive approach.
- Brush twice daily for at least two minutes
- Floss teeth daily
- Use fluoride toothpaste
- Avoid sugary or sticky treats
- Minimise acidic soft drinks and fruit juice consumption
- Attend regular check-up and clean appointments
In addition to providing personalised dentistry to protect your smile, our clinical team is knowledgeable in caries prevention and will be happy to demonstrate proper hygiene and recommend products that support a healthy smile.
Diagnosis and Early Detection
The best dentistry includes prevention. The second best dentistry is early detection to make treatment simpler and less costly. At Avid Dental, we use digital dental x-rays that produce high-resolution images for the earliest intervention possible.
Routine x-rays allow our Dr How and Dr Chan to detect what is happening beneath the surface of the enamel. What may look like stains on the outside of the tooth could be a significant cavity developing just below the surface.
Digital dental x-rays are safe and reduce radiation exposure by 80 per cent or more.
While fillings are one of the most common restorative treatments we perform at Avid Dental, we still take great pride in the customisation of each restoration and will colour-match the composite material to the natural teeth. We carefully numb each tooth using a local anaesthetic to ensure a comfortable experience and remove all signs of decay and bacteria.
A bonding agent will assist with securing your filling in place. Composite fillings require the removal of less healthy tooth structure than their amalgam counterparts.
Composite is applied in layers and hardened with light-activation. Once the cavity is filled, it will be polished to a shine and blend in perfectly with healthy tooth structure. You can chew on your new filling right away, but it is a good idea to avoid hot or crunchy foods until the numbness wears off to prevent biting your cheek or lip.
Call to Arrange Your Next Dental Appointment
Routine dental visits will reveal oral conditions before they become a dental emergency, and we are committed to providing leading-edge dentistry in a caring and comfortable environment.
Give us a call to book now. We have convenient appointments to make booking around work and school schedules easy.