Conservative Dentistry (Fillings)

Bacterial biofilm, which consists of bacteria in the mouth, causes the mineral tissue of the teeth to dissolve as a result of the formation of acid from the residues of food in the mouth. This causes the enamel of the tooth to deteriorate and caries to form.

Fillings are used in the treatment of dental caries that appear in the form of cavities and in which the dental nerve is not affected.

Today, mostly composite, tooth-colored fillings are used for the treatment of caries.

However, in cases where the decay area is extremely large, it may be necessary to treat with porcelain fillings called inlay/onlay.

Composite fillings are also used in aesthetic restorations made on the surfaces of the front teeth, popularly known as 'bonding' or composite veneers.

Conservative Dentistry (Fillings)

What needs to be done to prevent tooth decay is actually very simple.

The most effective way is to brush the teeth in the morning after breakfast and before going to bed at night and to use dental floss regularly every day. The inner surfaces of the teeth, the outer surfaces, the chewing surfaces and the top of the tongue should be brushed and floss should be used at the interfaces. Use a fluoride toothpaste during brushing to take advantage of fluoride's role in preventing tooth decay.

Fluoride toothpastes can also be used as an adjunct to fluoride mouthwashes, which remove bad breath and provide a feeling of freshness and cleanliness.

Another measure is to try to avoid sugary foods at main meals and not to eat anything between meals.

Of course, regular check-ups at the dentist are the best way to prevent caries and catch it early.