A general clean of your teeth will usually be done at every check-up that will clean your mouth to a deeper level than you could at home.
Removing plaque and tartar
The dentist will use a scraping tool called a scalar to get rid of plaque and tartar around the gum line as well as between your teeth. They will then polish the teeth with a handpiece and a brush (feels like electric toothbrush with a gritty toothpaste) that scrubs your teeth for a thorough clean.
The dentist may floss your teeth to remove any plaque and toothpaste left Fluoride treatment The dentist will then brush a sticky fluoride paste onto your teeth that helps to prevent cavities
Getting a filling is a way to restore the function and shape of a tooth damaged by decay.
When a filling is performed on your teeth, the dentist will first remove the decayed tooth material, clean the cavity and then fill it with filling material.
Fillings are important as they stop bacteria from reaching the tooth, preventing further decay.
Types of fillings-
Composite (plastic) fillings: These are matched to be the same colour as your teeth to give a natural appearance. However, they are not as durable and can become stained by coffee, tea or tobacco.
Porcelain fillings: Porcelain fillings are produced in a laboratory and bonded to the tooth. Like plastic fillings, they can be matched to the tooth’s colour. However, they resist staining. They are very expensive with a cost similar to gold.
Gold fillings: Fillings made of gold are well tolerated by gum tissues and can last for more than 20 years. Although gold is considered the best material, it is the most expensive and may require multiple procedures.
Silver Amalgam fillings: These are durable and cheaper than other options. However, they are more noticeable.
Your dentist will determine if you have a cavity that needs filling during a check-up.
Visiting the dentist should be a regular part of your schedule, just like a proper oral health routine.
It’s time to prioritise our oral health. If you haven’t seen your dentist in a while, use this article as a reminder and motivation to book an appointment with yours today.
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