At Dr. Dilip Dental Centre, we take pride in utilizing the latest generation composite bonding materials to restore minor cavities and chipped teeth. Our skilled team can replace old silver amalgam fillings with tooth-colored composite fillings, providing you with both esthetic and functional benefits. Furthermore, we have introduced Nano-composites, incorporating nano-meter-sized particles for the most superior esthetic and functional results.

What is a Cavity?

During self-examination of your mouth, you may notice brownish-black holes in your teeth – these are cavities, also known as dental caries. These cavities can grow larger and deeper if not treated promptly. If you suspect having a cavity, it is crucial to visit your dentist at Dr. Dilip Dental Centre for a consultation and evaluation.

Do Cavities Have Symptoms?

In the initial stages, cavities may not show evident symptoms, and many patients remain asymptomatic. However, the symptoms can vary depending on the location and extent of the cavities. Regular dental visits every six months are essential, as the Dr. Dilip Dental Centre team can identify and treat cavities early on. As decay progresses, symptoms may include:

  • Toothache
  • Sensitivity
  • Mild to sharp pain when consuming hot, cold, or sweet foods
  • Pain while biting
  • Visibly large brownish-black holes on the tooth surface
Can a Cavity Repair Itself?

Enamel can undergo a limited remineralization process, drawing minerals from saliva and fluoride in toothpaste to some extent. However, as the cavity becomes larger, more minerals are lost, weakening and destroying the enamel, leading to cavity formation. A cavity cannot repair itself naturally and requires treatment from a trained professional.

How is a Filling Performed?

At Dr. Dilip Dental Centre, our expert team will remove the decayed portion of the tooth in a simple and painless procedure. You may hear a vibrating sound as the dentist cleans the infected part of the tooth. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia if needed to ensure complete comfort. Once the cleaning is complete, a filling material will be applied in layers and strengthened with a blue-colored light. You will be requested to keep your mouth open for a few minutes during the process. Once the filling is in place, the tooth surface will be polished until it feels smooth and natural. There are no dietary restrictions after a filling.

What Materials are Used in a Filling?

At Dr. Dilip Dental Centre, we exclusively use the latest generation composite bonding materials, which are tooth-colored, to restore minor cavities and fix chipped teeth. Additionally, many of our patients choose to replace old silver amalgam fillings with these composite fillings, and we are happy to offer this service. Recent advancements have introduced Nano-composites, incorporating micro and nano-meter-sized particles, providing the best combination of esthetics and functionality.

Are Fillings Painful?

Filling procedures are straightforward and virtually painless. In cases where the filling is deep, the area will be anesthetized. The team at Dr. Dilip Dental Centre will first apply a gel to the gums to numb the tissue, followed by the delivery of local anesthesia to numb the tooth completely.

How Long Do Fillings Last?

With proper care and maintenance, fillings can last for many years. Studies suggest an average lifespan of 7-10 years for dental fillings, although many patients enjoy successful fillings for much longer durations.

How Can Cavity Formation Be Prevented?

To maintain healthy and strong teeth and gums, follow these cavity prevention tips:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Don’t forget to floss after brushing to prevent food accumulation between teeth. Rinse your mouth with water after every meal or snack.
  • Use fluoride mouthwash twice daily after brushing to enhance protection against tooth decay.
  • Regularly visit our dentists at Dr. Dilip Dental Centre for a comprehensive clinical check-up and teeth cleaning every six months to identify tooth decay in its early stages.
  • Consider dental sealants to seal grooves where food may easily get trapped, preventing tooth decay. Our team doctors can provide more information on this option.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. A dry mouth is more susceptible to dental caries.
  • Include fresh fruits, vegetables, cheese, unsweetened tea, or coffee in your diet. Dairy products and almonds contain high levels of calcium, beneficial for your teeth. Avoid soda, added sugars, and junk foods.
  • Chewing sugar-free gums containing Xylitol can help fight plaque. Xylitol stimulates saliva production, contributing to cleaner teeth.

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