What is a dental filling?
A dental filling is a procedure used to fill a hole, or cavity, in a tooth. You may need a filling if you have tooth decay or if the structure of the tooth is lost due to trauma. These problems may be found when you have a dental x-ray.
What types of filling are there?
Various materials can be used as fillings. Your dentist will usually advise you which is suitable for you.
Amalgam has been used for more than 150 years. It is a mixture of metals, including silver, copper, tin, mercury and zinc, and is a very strong filling material. Although exposure to mercury can be toxic, amalgam is safe and effective to use for most people. The Australian Dental Association continues to support the use of amalgam fillings. However, they suggest minimising their use in pregnant or breastfeeding women, children and in people with kidney disease.
Wisdom teeth removal is a serious surgical procedure. Following the post-operative care tips listed below can minimize your wisdom teeth removal recovery time. In addition, they can decrease unnecessary pain and swelling, and help you avoid wisdom teeth removal complications such as infection.
After a wisdom teeth extraction, the experienced dentists at Now Care Dental recommend on the day of your surgery that you:
Restrict your activities.
Avoid touching the wound area.
Do not vigorously rinse your mouth.
Apply ice to your cheeks outside the surgery site.
Remove the gauze surgical pad 30 minutes after your surgery.
Take the prescribed pain medications as soon as you begin to feel discomfort.
Dental crowns, also known as “caps,” preserve the functionality of damaged teeth. This common dental restoration may be used to protect a cracked tooth, restore the functionality of a tooth with excessive decay or replace a pre-existing crown. It encases a needy tooth with a custom-designed material.
Dentists today have a variety of conservative treatment options through which to restore teeth. If possible, these options should be explored and discussed before selecting the full-coverage crown.
If tooth decay or damage is so extensive that veneers, direct composite bonding, or other conservative treatments aren’t viable treatment options — or if you have undergone root canal therapy —
your dentist will consult with you about dental crowns. Whether used to restore a damaged tooth or to create a lifelike tooth replacement for an implant, crowns can be fabricated in dental laboratories or in your dentist’s office, depending on the material.
Dental cleaning is a preventative procedure performed by dentists or dental hygienists to maintain or achieve optimum oral health. In a dental cleaning procedure, the dentist aims to remove the dental plaque and tartar that have accumulated on the teeth to protect them from cavities or dental caries as well as other tooth and gum problems. While teeth cleaning can be done at home using a toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss, each person still needs a deeper, more thorough cleaning that only a dentist can provide. This is because regular brushing and flossing cannot completely remove plaque and tartar that tend to stick to the surface of the teeth.
All individuals are advised to undergo professional teeth cleaning at least once every six months for preventative maintenance. If the patient has existing oral problems or disorders, the cleaning should be done more frequently.
Also known as prophylaxis, the procedure removes mineralized plaque or tartar deposits on the teeth surface.