When teeth are damaged by dental caries, excessive wear or other factors, the dentist will usually be able to repair the damage with a dental filling. There are a variety of filling materials, but composite fillings are the most widely used.
Caries is caused by the by-products from colonies of bacteria living on the surface of the teeth, also called dental plaque. Untreated dental caries lead to cavities that can cause severe pain and complete loss of the afflicted tooth. The bacteria sustain themselves on fermenting carbohydrates like food containing sugar or other carbohydrates.
Preventing cavities, erosion due to acids and gum diseases is the best way of reducing future expenditures due to frequent dental visits. During meals, eat until you are full and try to avoid frequent and small meals throughout the day. Water is the best thirst-quencher between meals. Milk, lemonade, soda and fruit juice contains sugar and are highly acidic, both of which increases the erosion of the enamel and the likelihood of cavities occurring.
Good oral hygiene means diligent – in the morning and before bed – brushing of the teeth with toothpaste containing fluor as well as frequent flossing. Feel free to as us for advice concerning proper oral hygiene!
Caries attacks or forming cavities are often detected through x-rays. When the caries attack has broken through the enamel the affected tooth becomes damaged and must be repaired as soon as possbile to prevent further damage. Prior to this one can try fluoride therapy and diet changes.
Even though cavities can be difficult to detect with the naked eye, there are several symptoms one can be on the lookout for. If you are experiencing increased sensitivity for sweet foods or drinks, sensitivity and pain when ingesting cold or hot foodstuffs, swelling or tenderness, you may have a caries attack.
Note that the attacks may also be completely without symptoms. That’s why we recommend regular visits to your dentist for examination. Remember that even if the symptoms lessen or disappear, you may still have a cavity.
If a cavity is discovered and the tooth needs to be repaired, the dentist will drill and treat the affected area with a dental filling. To ensure that the treatment is as painless as possible, the dentist will often administer a local anaesthetic. There are a variety of different techniques and materials to choose from when repairing a cavity. We will always evaluate the situation and choose the option that is best for you.
The cost for the treatment of cavities will vary according to the scope of the damage. A simple dental filling may cost from NOK 915,- to 1 545,-. Avoiding or postponing treatment may lead to greater damages and a more expensive treatment. We will be able to give you a cost estimate based on a thorough examination. See our price-list for details.