Dental decay, often referred to as cavities or dental caries, is a gradual and destructive process that occurs in our mouths. Within our oral environment, bacteria thrive, and they particularly relish feasting on the sugars we consume through food and beverages.
As these bacteria feed on sugars, they produce acids as by-products. These acids attack the outer protective layer of our teeth, known as enamel, causing it to slowly dissolve and weaken over time. If not properly managed, this acid attack leads to the formation of small holes or cavities on the surface of the teeth.
One of the challenging aspects of dental decay is that it can silently progress without causing noticeable symptoms in its early stages. Patients may not experience any physical indications, such as visible holes, pain, or sensitivity, until the decay has advanced significantly. The nerve deep inside the tooth remains unaffected until the later stages of decay, making it difficult for patients to detect the problem on their own.
Regular dental check-ups, including comprehensive clinical examinations and dental X-rays, are essential for early detection and intervention. By identifying dental decay at its initial stages, dental professionals can take proactive measures to stop its progression and prevent further damage to the affected teeth.
The primary objective is to preserve as much of the natural tooth structure as possible while effectively addressing decay. This not only helps avoid more complex and extensive treatments but also maintains the integrity and strength of the tooth.
At Bella Dental Penrith, our approach to cavity treatment revolves around a conservative philosophy. We strive to preserve as much of the natural tooth structure as possible while effectively addressing the decay to ensure the best long-term outcomes.
To achieve this, we utilise advanced materials and state-of-the-art technology to prepare the affected tooth with minimal removal of healthy structure. This conservative approach helps preserve the tooth’s strength and ensures the best possible function and appearance after restoration.
Our dental team places great emphasis on aesthetics, paying meticulous attention to detail to match the colour, texture, and contour of the restoration with the surrounding natural teeth. This attention to aesthetics ensures that the restoration blends seamlessly with the rest of the smile, providing a natural and attractive result.
For patients seeking a more aesthetically pleasing alternative to traditional metallic fillings, we offer tooth-coloured composite fillings. These fillings are made of a durable resin material that closely mimics the natural colour of the teeth. They not only provide excellent durability but also create a seamless appearance that makes them virtually indistinguishable from the surrounding tooth structure.
Additionally, we offer porcelain fillings, also known as inlays and onlays, created using CEREC technology. CEREC technology allows us to fabricate custom-made porcelain restorations in a single visit, eliminating the need for multiple appointments. These high-quality porcelain restorations boast exceptional aesthetics, longevity, and strength, providing patients with a highly satisfactory solution for repairing their teeth.
With our commitment to using the latest techniques and materials, Bella Dental Penrith ensures that cavity treatment is not only effective but also personalised to each patient’s unique needs. Our aim is to deliver long-lasting and aesthetically pleasing restorations that promote oral health and overall well-being. By taking a conservative approach and focusing on patient-centred care, we empower our patients to maintain a healthy and confident smile for years to come.
We are proud supporters of our local Penrith and surrounding suburbs. Our dentists are certified & qualified, backed by years of industry experience. Visit us today and discover why our multi-award winning service is just one of the reasons our clients love their smiles.
If you experience any of the following signs, you may need a dental filling:
• Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
• Persistent toothache or pain.
• Visible holes or dark spots on the teeth.
• Rough or chipped tooth surfaces.
• Discomfort while biting or chewing.
However, only a comprehensive dental examination, including X-rays, can confirm whether a filling is necessary. Regular dental check-ups are crucial to detecting cavities and dental issues early on.
There are various types of dental fillings, each with its own unique benefits. The common types of fillings include:
• Amalgam Fillings: Made of a mixture of metals, including silver, mercury, tin, and copper. They are durable and cost-effective but may be less aesthetically pleasing.
• Composite Fillings: Also known as tooth-coloured fillings, they are made of a resin material that closely matches the natural colour of the teeth. Composite fillings are aesthetically pleasing and bond well to the tooth structure.
• Porcelain Fillings (Inlays and Onlays): Custom-made restorations crafted from porcelain material They are highly aesthetic, durable, and stain-resistant, making them a popular choice for visible teeth.