For over 150 years, cavities were filled with a mixture of metals including silver and mercury. It was perfectly normal to see dark grey areas in someone’s mouth when they laughed.
But today, you can get your cavities, as well as any other smaller hollow areas in your teeth, filled with composite fillings and make Immediate Dentures Hoppers Crossing. Composite fillings are made from resins that are matched to your tooth’s color – so they become nearly invisible when applied.
Composite fillings also provide an excellent seal on the affected area, so that tooth decay can be prevented. The factors that go into our decision to use composite fillings include:
- The size of the area that needs to be filled
- The location of the affected area in the mouth (i.e., a tooth that is heavily relied on for chewing)
- Allergies the patient might have
- The preference of the patient regarding the use of metals in the mouth
- Whether it is necessary cosmetically to have a tooth-colored filling
Dental x-rays work by creating an image of the denser parts of your body, such as teeth and bone, revealing dental problems that may not be apparent to the naked eye. At Matrix Dental Denture Clinic of Victoria, we use this technology to detect and treat various disorders, such as cavities, infections, misalignment and decay, hopefully in their early stages.
Taking a dental x-ray takes just a few minutes and doesn’t hurt. Minimal amounts of radiation are emitted in the process as x-ray machines are strictly regulated.
We use several types of x-rays in diagnosing dental problems, including:
- Bitewing X-rays- Used to check for decay between teeth
- Periapical X-rays: Used to find problems in the jaw
- Occlusal X-rays: Used to examine the roof or floor of the mouth
- Panoramic X-rays: Give a broad view of the mouth and dental structures
Depending on your age and level of dental health, the ADA recommends getting a dental x-ray approximately every 1 to 3 years.