Sometimes teeth develop tooth decay, which compromises the tooth’s structure. If left untreated, the decay can spread and large holes develop in the tooth – and this can become painful. The decay needs to be removed, and fillings are used to fill the hole created by the tooth decay.
There are several materials that can be used for fillings, and the skilful dentists at Portside Dental will select the best one based on the size and location of the decay and your individual needs. Composite resin is the most common choice for small to medium-sized fillings as it is durable, long-lasting, and matches the natural colour of the teeth for a seamless blend.

However, for larger cavities or when the tooth is significantly weakened, a more substantial restoration may be needed. This could be an inlay, onlay, or crown, depending on the extent of the damage. These restorations are typically made of stronger materials, such as porcelain or gold, and are custom-made to fit the shape of the tooth.

It’s important to address tooth decay early and get any necessary fillings or restorations as soon as possible to prevent further damage and discomfort. Regular dental check-ups and x rays can help catch decay in its early stages, allowing for less invasive and costly treatments.

You can minimise your risk of tooth decay by eating a healthy, balanced diet and avoiding sugary and acidic foods and beverages.

By taking care of your dental health, you can enjoy healthy teeth and gums for a lifetime. Don’t wait until you experience pain or discomfort to visit Portside Dental. Schedule a check-up today by calling our friendly reception team to stay on top of your oral health and prevent any potential problems from becoming serious issues.

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