How do I know if I need a filling?

filling

Before answering this question, we should know what a filling is. A filling is the procedure used to place in a tooth a material with properties similar to the natural tooth structure. It is needed when part of the original structure has been lost due to causes such as tooth decay or trauma. Tooth decay Read More

What happens when you get a dental filling?

dental filling

If your dentist suggests you need a dental filling it is because they have detected decay in your tooth which has progressed to a stage that is irreversible. Regular appointments are recommended so that dental decay can be prevented, or can be detected in the early stages, when minimal treatment is required. Dental decay is Read More

What are the main symptoms and signs of toothache?

toothache symptoms

The symptoms and signs of toothache are wide and varied. Toothache symptoms and toothache treatment depend on the cause of the toothache, which can also be one of many things. Dental decay is the most common cause of a toothache. If the decay reaches the pulp of the tooth, the nerves inside can become inflamed Read More

Tooth sensitivity after a filling

tooth sensitivity

There are many reasons you may require a dental filling: decay (cavity) fractured tooth breakdown of an old silver amalgam filling recurrent decay (cavity) around an old dental filling I always tell my patients that whenever a tooth is drilled, there is potential for some post operative tooth sensitivity. And the more work the tooth requires, or Read More

How long do porcelain veneers last?

porcelain veneers

In cosmetic dentistry, porcelain veneers are an excellent treatment that can conservatively and inconspicuously augment your teeth’s shape, length, texture, colour, brightness, proportions – or any combination of these – to enhance the aesthetics of your smile. In the right candidate, veneers can last for decades without wear or damage. Like natural teeth, though, porcelain Read More

What to do if a temporary dental filling falls out

temporary dental filling

A temporary dental filling is a non-permanent, or short-term, filling that might be placed for one of several reasons and should be followed at a later date with a permanent treatment. So let’s first look at the reasons for a temporary tooth filling (and the typical follow-up). These include the following. A recent toothache, where Read More

What are fissure sealants and why should I get them?

fissure seals

All teeth naturally form grooves during their development. These are usually found on the biting surfaces of molars and premolars (back teeth), but can sometimes be present on canines and incisors also. The grooves are referred to as “fissures” and can range from wide, shallow ones to narrow, deep ones. These grooves can be protected Read More