As one of the most common types of dental treatments, fillings are most often used to treat cavities in your teeth caused by tooth decay, although they may also be used to repair cracked, damaged or worn-down teeth.
Here at Museum Dental Suites, we offer a wide range of services such as white filling to keep your teeth and gums in optimal condition. We are well equipped with the latest tools and techniques to provide expert fillings and our team will work with you to help prevent future problems.
Without a visit to the dentist, it can be hard to know for sure whether you need a filling or not, as people experience dental problems in different ways. A dull toothache or sensitivity are both a common signs that something is wrong, but it’s often the case that a patient is unaware of any issues until a dental examination.
Sometimes, tooth decay cannot be seen with a visual check – typically because the damage has occurred between the teeth or below the gum line. This is why your dentist may recommend x-rays, as the images produced will provide a clear indication of any hidden decay.
If it turns out that you do need a dental filling, there are a variety of options available. Silver amalgam is one of the most common choices, while many people opt for white fillings, as they are much less noticeable.
While fillings are a simple and effective way to deal with tooth decay, as with many things in life, it’s better to prevent problems from occurring whenever possible.
The key to avoiding fillings is to maintain good oral hygiene by caring for your teeth and gums on a regular basis and getting your teeth checked by a dental professional every six months – or as recommended.
You should brush your teeth at least twice a day, using a toothpaste that contains fluoride. The ideal time to brush your teeth is about 30 minutes after a meal.
The proper method for brushing your teeth is holding your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the gum line and focussing on each individual tooth as you move the brush in small circular movements. Be sure you cover all surfaces of your teeth and consider setting a timer – a thorough brushing should take at least two minutes.
It’s also a good idea to replace your toothbrush every two to three months – many have bristles that change colour as they’re used to let you know when they need to be replaced.
Flossing is another important part of preventing tooth decay and the need for dental fillings, so you should be sure to floss at least once a day between each of your teeth.
Other things that can help you avoid the need for dental fillings include using a mouthwash containing fluoride and maintaining a healthy diet. Foods and beverages like sweets, fizzy drinks, chocolate, fruit juice and white bread can all increase your risk of tooth decay.
These issues, and more, can be discussed with your dentist during your regular examination. Dentists and dental hygienists can also demonstrate the correct methods of brushing and flossing to help ensure you’re doing it correctly.
Getting a dental filling is a relatively quick and painless procedure and at Museum Dental Suites, we offer a variety of pain relief options – such as local anaesthetics – to ensure you don’t feel anything throughout the treatment.
Whether you know you’re in need of dental fillings or are simply looking for a new dentist in the London area, contact us today to make an appointment on 0207 036 1999.
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