Tooth decay affects people of all ages and backgrounds. When it does, you want to treat it while it’s still small; otherwise, cavities can spread to adjacent teeth or evolve into dental abscesses. In particular, baby (primary) teeth in children can erode at an accelerated rate when compared to permanent (adult) tooth structure.
Signs to Look For
Sometimes cavities make themselves obvious by causing throbbing toothaches or serious pain when you eat. Other times, they’re less noticeable or don’t hurt at all. Let us know if you’ve observed signs such as:
During your exam at Mermaid Smiles, we may take an X-ray that allows us to see deeper into the tooth to determine how deep the cavity is and which surfaces are involved.
Combating Cavities Before They Start
Schedule a checkup every six months to screen for tooth decay and incorporate preventative measures that make teeth stronger. From fissure sealants to professional strength fluoride, we’ll help you stop cavities from spreading before they even have the chance.
Composite (White) Dental Fillings
Today’s fillings of choice are made of mercury-free resin that bonds closely with tooth enamel. It comes in a variety of shades, allowing us to select the one that best matches your smile. Not only are white fillings more aesthetically pleasing, they’re also less invasive than conventional amalgam restorations. If you have one placed at the front of your mouth, no one should know it’s there.
What to Expect
During your treatment appointment, we’ll do everything possible to ensure you’re comfortable. Options such as happy gas or deeper sedation dentistry are available upon request. A local anaesthetic is used to numb your tooth so that we can gently remove the cavity and place a filling without you feeling anything other than a little pressure. The procedure takes less than an hour.
- Front teeth – Code: 521–525
- Back teeth – Code: 531-535
- Nerve protection – Code: 411, 577
Varies according to size, complexity, and position of the filling
$180 – $350
- Fissure sealant – to protect teeth from decay – Code: 161
WHEN WAS YOUR LAST CHECKUP?
Schedule you or your family’s six month visit today.
* Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.