One of the most common dental conditions impacting both adults and children is dental decay.
Most of us will need at least one filling during our lifetimes. Until recent decades, it was common for fillings to contain metal, which can leave a dark shadow on your smile. Today, modern dental practices like Beale & Cullen Dental realise the importance of tooth-coloured fillings to protect the health and beauty of your teeth.
In addition to the aesthetic benefits, tooth-coloured fillings provide a more conservative approach to filling cavities because they retain more healthy tooth structure than amalgam fillings.
Dental Decay – A Preventable Condition
While still common, dental caries (decay) is entirely preventable. Certain conditions can increase the risk of developing decay and include:
- Sugary food or soft drinks
- Acidic foods and drinks
- Less-than-ideal oral hygiene habits
- Lack of professional dental cleans
Research has found that dental decay often exists in families, but it is unclear whether the transfer of bacteria, lack of care or genetics play the biggest role in these increased instances of decay.
Fortunately, prevention can improve the health of teeth and limit dental caries.
- Dental exam and clean
- Digital radiographs (x-rays)
- Fluoride application
- Fissure sealants
- Nutritional counselling
- Hygiene instruction
When prevention fails, early detection results in less complex and less costly treatment. It is important to remember that dental decay does not usually cause pain or symptoms until it is quite advanced, making dental x-rays an essential part of an early diagnosis.
At Beale & Cullen Dental, we use ultra-safe digital x-ray technology, reducing radiation exposure by 80 per cent or more.
When we detect decay, we will alert you immediately. If you are worried about your filling hurting, you can count on our dentists, Dr Richard Beale and Dr Louisa Cullen, to put you at ease. We use modern anaesthetic application techniques, making your filling a painless experience.
After removing the decay from the tooth, we will place tooth-coloured composite that matches your natural tooth colour in layers, hardening it with a curing light. Once the cavity is filled, we will smooth and polish it so that it looks and feels just like a regular tooth.
Even the smallest chip in a tooth can collect dark stains. Tooth-coloured composite material is also beneficial for filling in small chips and gaps to improve the appearance of teeth. This conservative cosmetic treatment option can be completed in a single appointment.
We Welcome Your Call
Is it time for your next dental appointment? We welcome new patients of all ages and look forward to helping you have the healthy, comfortable smile you deserve.
Our convenient practice location between Merivale Mall and Northland’s Mall makes it easy for our patients to book their visits before or after work.