Cavities – even with the best treatment and regular brushing, they still somehow develop within our teeth, causing significant pain and stress. If cavity toothaches have got you down, book an appointment with the team at Suncoast Dental immediately. Based in Maroochydore, we can treat patients of all ages at our state-of-the-art clinic.
A cavity is a hole that resulted from tooth decay. Usually caused by poor oral hygiene, plaque and bacteria buildup can result in acids that can eat away the outer layer of the tooth, which can make eating an extremely painful process. We know nobody likes going to the dentist for a filling but leaving it untreated will only cause further pain and bigger problems. If you or your child is especially anxious about visiting the dentist, rest assured our friendly team will go above and beyond to accommodate your needs. We can provide IV sedation to help you relax and reduce discomfort as much as possible.
If you’re worried about fillings ruining the appearance of your natural tooth, worry no more! Back in the day, fillings were made from amalgam and were a dark colour, which made them highly visible. But through continuous innovation in dentistry, fillings are now available in various shades so it can blend in with your natural tooth. The fillings we use at Suncoastdental are made from composite resin, which is carefully restored by our dentists and shaped to fit the cavity perfectly. Once in place, we will then apply a layer of clear sealant for increased durability and longevity.
If you already have several amalgam fillings in your mouth and are not satisfied with the appearance. You can consult with our team and we may be able to replace your existing fillings with our natural coloured composite resin fillings. Our dentist will discuss with you the pros and cons of this process to make sure you’re fully informed.
Cavities are caused by a buildup of plaque on your teeth, but what exactly is plaque? Dental plaque is a clear, sticky film that coats your teeth, and is a result of eating or drinking foods with high sugar content, as well as poor hygiene habits. When sugar and starches aren’t cleaned off your teeth, they can harden and begin to remove minerals in your tooth’s hard, outer enamel. This process causes erosion, resulting in small holes also known as cavities. Cavities can expose your tooth’s nerves to bacteria, which in turn causes sensitivity and pain. A filling is then required to fill up these cavities and prevent bacteria from causing further damage to your tooth.
The best way to prevent fillings is to have proper oral hygiene habits. Flossing and brushing twice a day are key to prevent plaque buildup, along with regular dentist visits so that any early signs of a cavity can be treated immediately. At Suncoastdental, we also have a team of qualified hygienists who offers professional teeth cleanings to further help reduce the chances of cavities from forming. To book in an appointment, give us a call today!