Some patients who come and see us for the first time may be unaware that they suffer from dental decay, as cavities are often pain-free until they get so bad they can require a root canal. This is because the nerve of the tooth (the thing that causes the pain!) is in the very centre of the tooth, and decay has to eat through several layers of tooth before it gets to the nerve. If the decay is treated before it reaches the nerve, a simple filling is often enough to resolve the problem. However if the decay gets to the nerve, it becomes painful, and can require a root canal therapy, a dental crown, or an extraction.
This means that we want to see our patients every 6 months, to ensure that if any problem start to occur, we can fix them and prevent any further damage happening before it causes problems. Prevention is better than a cure!
At Live Life Smiling we only use the latest in white filling technology, meaning that we don’t use old silver-mercury amalgam fillings. This ensures that all of our fillings are nearly invisible and metal free, which with proper care and maintenance can last a lifetime.