What is Tooth Restoration?
Restorative fillings are one of the most common dental health treatments used when it comes to rebuilding a broken tooth and removing decay. It’s often difficult to tell if you have tooth decay during the early stages. As the cavity gets larger and wears deeper, penetrating through the enamel to your dentin, you may experience a toothache, sensitivity to heat, cold and sweets, pain when biting down as well as visible holes or black spots on your teeth.
Once tooth decay penetrates into the pulp, it can begin to damage nerves and result in severe pain, irritation and swelling. Pus filled abscesses can also form around the tooth as your immune system tries to fight the infection. If you notice any signs of tooth decay, book a dental appointment as soon as possible to ensure a successful dental restoration.
Types of Tooth Restoration
A number of different fillings have been used for teeth restoration in the history of dental health, including:
- Amalgam (a mixture of silver, copper, tin, mercury and zinc)
- Glass-ionomer cement
Composite fillings (also called white or tooth-coloured fillings) are the latest technology for filling a tooth. They use a strong composite bond that binds to your teeth, resulting in a strong but natural-looking dental restoration, which can be colour-matched to your teeth. Composite fillings provide long-term strength without the risk of fracturing the tooth. This results in an aesthetically pleasing tooth that is free from mercury and less susceptible to hot and cold sensitivities.
Is a Tooth Restoration the Same as a Filling?
A tooth restoration is distinctive from a simple filling as it focuses on restoring both the functionality and aesthetics of the damaged tooth. This includes tooth colour restoration to achieve a bright, healthy, natural looking smile. When treating tooth decay, the process will typically involve numbing the area then removing the decay using drills and other tools. We will clean and dry the cavity, then fill it to restore its original shape and appearance.
Can Tooth Enamel be Restored?
With the right oral health habits, it’s possible to remineralise your tooth enamel and restore it to health. This includes brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing every day, using mouthwash, maintaining a healthy diet and regularly visiting the dentist. Unfortunately, tooth decay can often be difficult to reverse without restorative fillings and other specialised treatments.
What if a Filling isn’t Enough?
Our innovative and modern technology, coupled with our understanding of your unique needs, will help to restore your confident smile. If fillings aren’t enough, we may recommend other solutions such as:
Our ethical and honest team of dentists will clearly explain your options so you can make informed decisions that are right for you and your oral health plan.
Tooth Colour Restoration Treatments in Macquarie Park
When you need effective tooth decay treatments and dental restorations, book an appointment with the team at WiSE Dental in Macquarie Park. Call us today on 02 9119 7963 or contact us online to learn more or to book a consultation.
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