Tooth Fillings

Preventing widespread damage

Tooth fillings can be an excellent way of repairing a little chip in your tooth or filling in a small hole in your tooth as a result of decay. With recent advancements in dentistry, dental fillings have also become unnoticeable in your mouth, and much less hassle for you to get done! At Pennant Hills Dental Centre, we only use white fillings which are set on placement. This means no waiting around before you can leave the dental practice. Getting a dental filling is no longer a lengthy or complex ordeal. You’ll be in and out before you know it.

At Pennant Hills Dental Centre, we pride ourselves on not just performing exceptional quality dental treatments but also educating our patients on all aspects of prevention and dental health maintenance.

Understanding tooth decay

Dental decay is by far the most common cause for anyone requiring a dental filling. Tooth decay can form because of a range of factors, including an unhealthy diet, poor at-home dental care habits and lack of attendance for routine dental check-ups. Tooth decay commonly presents in these three ways, all of which can be effectively treated with a tooth filling, assuming the damage is not already too widespread:

Fissure caries

Fissure caries typically occur because plaque becomes trapped in the bottom of the fissure grooves where the enamel is very thin and easily penetrated. This is the most common form of caries in children.

Proximal caries

Proximal caries can occur when plaque accumulates between teeth. These areas are tough to reach with a toothbrush. We often see caries occurring in patients who don’t floss regularly.

Root caries

Root caries generally occur following bone loss and gum recession (which most commonly results from periodontitis). Because enamel does not protect tooth roots, caries can progress quickly in this area.

Tooth fillings in Pennant Hills

Do I need a dental filling?

The best way to determine whether you need a filling is by visiting Pennant Hills Dental Centre for a check-up. Tooth decay is difficult to see with the naked eye. It often only becomes visible once it has progressed significantly, by which stage you may require more than a filling. Your dentist can use dental x-rays to identify early signs of decay present between your teeth and provide you with the most effective treatment without delay. 

If you experience any of the following symptoms, you may need a filling and it’s a good idea to seek dental care as soon as you can:

  • Persistent toothache
  • Sharp pains in your tooth 
  • Sensitivity when brushing your teeth 
  • Sensitivity when consuming hot or cold food or drinks
  • A darkening area on your tooth 
  • A visible hole in your tooth

What to expect when having a dental filling?

Dental fillings are a routine procedure that is straightforward and nothing for you to be worried about. At Pennant Hills Dental Centre, we take extra special and attentive care during every dental treatment we perform. Our dental practice only makes use of the highest quality materials and the latest in dental technology and techniques to ensure patient care, comfort and great results.

The process for having a filling may differ slightly between patients, but you can generally expect it to take between 30 to 90 minutes and look something like this:

  • Before any part of the procedure begins, your dentist will administer local anaesthetic to the area, which will be totally numb in a matter of minutes.
  • Once the area is numb and you’re feeling relaxed, your dentist will begin to gently remove the decay and give your tooth a thorough clean.
  • Your tooth is now ready for filling with a special material that is then set, almost instantly, with light.
  • Next, your dentist will do a few bite checks to make any final adjustments to your filling for your comfort.
  • Finally, your dentist will polish your filling for a natural-feeling finish.

Preventing tooth decay

Tooth decay is one of the most common dental health issues around the world. Luckily, preventing tooth decay is doable. Here are some top tips from our family dentists on how to maintain good oral health and avoid decay and invasive dental treatments:

When you know the root cause of a problem, it can be a lot easier to solve. Our lifestyles and habits are major contributing factors to our oral health. It’s important to recognise the elements of your lifestyle or certain things that you do that negatively affect your oral health so you can take appropriate action. Some questions you may ask yourself are, do I brush my teeth for long enough? Do I floss regularly enough? Do I consume a lot of acidic food? Am I grinding my teeth through the night? Does poor oral health run in the family? Knowing the answers to questions like these can help you avoid decay by following the best dental care plan for your needs.

A primary cause of tooth decay is food debris and nasty bacteria that can get trapped and linger between teeth. The combination of effective tooth brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and daily flossing can help defend your teeth against decay. You can add an antibacterial mouthwash into your daily at-home dental care regime too for extra measure!

A primary way to dodge tooth decay and any of its adverse effects on your oral health is by having biannual dental checkups and professional teeth cleaning. Professional dental care is key to maintaining optimal dental health, providing elements of dental care you can simply not achieve at home on your own. At Pennant Hills Dental Centre, our dentists have unparalleled knowledge and experience, advanced tools and technology and can deliver the latest in dental techniques to help you maintain a beautiful, healthy smile.

Sugar is a primary culprit when it comes to decay in both adults and children. It reacts with bacteria in your mouth, producing acidity that is particularly harsh on the enamel of your teeth. While it’s unnecessary to cut out sugar altogether, it pays to consume it moderately to avoid decay.

When your mouth is dry, bacteria that cause decay flourish. You may have a dry mouth as a result of medication, a blocked nasal passage or simply from not staying hydrated enough. A great way to ensure your mouth has enough saliva to help rid the surface of your teeth of bacteria is to ensure you drink enough water throughout the day. Not only does staying hydrated positively impact the health of your mouth, but it can also have great general health benefits.

Where to find us

We’re adjacent to Fitness First on Pennant Hills Road. You can reach us by walking through the arcade from Fisher Avenue Car Park which is behind the practice.
  • Parking is available at the rear of the clinic
  • The nearest train station is Pennant Hills Station – you can view the Sydney Trains timetable, here.
  • For buses and ferries, you can view the State Transit timetables, here.

Contact us

We love welcoming new and existing patients to our dental practice in Pennant Hills. We see all patients on an appointment basis and ask that you please contact us in advance by calling us on (02) 9484 1132, using our contact form, or booking an appointment online. 

Our friendly team is happy to answer any questions you may have.

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