General dental (Fillings)

Dental caries is a bacterial infection of the structure of the teeth that causes decay. 

If decay of a tooth is not treated it will result in pain and the loss of the tooth. The dentist removes the decayed portion of the tooth and restores the tooth with a filling. Generally fillings are described as anterior fillings (front teeth) or posterior fillings (back teeth). They are further broken up into tooth coloured (white) or metallic (silver). And even further by whether or not they are made outside the mouth in the laboratory, for example ceramic or gold fillings (these are fantastic but expensive).

If the size of the decay or damage to the tooth is too great Dr Barnes or Dr Gunawan may discuss the benefits of a crown.

No magic restorative material exists for the restoration of decayed teeth. All materials have benefits and difficulties. The choice is not the prerogative of the dentist. You are also involved in the discussion. Your choice of material is important. Your dentist will aim to give you the information that you need to make an informed decision.

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