Want to know how to find a dentist? This series of articles will help you find a local dentist near you.

How does a dentist fill a cavity?

Pain from cavities is one of the most horrible experiences you can endure in life. Due to their proximity to several nerves, ignoring toothache is nearly impossible.

If you are in pain, find a dentist near you and visit him right away no matter how much you hate them. Thankfully, modern dentistry is relatively pain-free, and you can experience some relief in a matter of hours.

 Have you ever wondered what exactly a dentist does to take away your pain?

A qualified dental professional takes several steps to save your teeth and provide you with some immediate relief.

If your face is swollen, it means the bacteria has spread beyond the teeth and caused an infection in your mouth and maybe even your jaw. The first step would be to stop the infection from spreading further. Your dentist might prescribe a course of strong antibiotics and painkillers. The painkillers will give you relief from a toothache while the antibiotics control infection and reduce the swelling.

Your dentist is likely to take an x-ray to figure out the extent of the damage. If the cavity is not very extensive, a surface filling will suffice. But if it goes too deep, it may need a root canal, a filling, and a cap. In some cases, if the tooth is no longer salvageable, he may have to extract it completely to prevent further damage to the gum.

Once you are relatively pain-free and the dentist is certain of having controlled the infection, it is time to drill your teeth. A local anesthetic is used to numb your jaws. Some dentists may even give you nitrous oxide to calm you if you have too much anxiety about dental work.

Anatomy of a tooth including the pulpOnce the jaw is numb, and you are relaxed, the dentist will use a water drill to create an opening to reach your cavities. The extent of the drill is determined by how far the cavity has reached. If only a part of your teeth is affected and the roots are untouched, he will drill to remove the cavity completely, until he reaches healthy teeth material.

But if the root and pulp are affected, your dentist may use special tools to perform a root canal treatment. He will remove dead roots and nerves, apply some antibiotic and put a temporary seal in place. The antibiotic will kill any remaining bacteria and the temporary seal will ensure food particles do not enter the cavity.




Your dentist may suggest a follow up in 3-4 days to continue the work. In the next session, he may insert some needles into the cavity and take another x-ray to ensure all roots are covered. He may perform another root canal cleaning if he notices further decay. The gap between the first procedure and second allows him time to evaluate if there is any secondary infection or decay.

This time, a dental assistant would take a mold of your affected teeth to order for a custom cap in case you had a root canal.

If your teeth decay is superficial or only a few millimeters deep, your dentist is likely to seal it with an inert material.

Typically, it could be filled with metallic fillings like gold, amalgams like silver, a composite material like resins of quartz or glass or even ceramic substance.

Amalgams have been a popular filling for the last 100 years. Made of several metals, they are strong and lasts a lifetime. They are also the least expensive material to be used as a filling. But in the last two decades, there is a rapid reduction in its usage due to fear of mercury leeching into the body. So, none of the dentists in western countries use it anymore.

If you can afford it, gold is considered as one of the best filling materials. Ceramic is becoming the most popular option due to its low cost and low maintenance nature.

You get to choose which kind of filling you want, especially if it is a surface filling.

But if your decay goes deep and you need a cap, the filling material becomes less important since no one can see it. A ceramic filling is most commonly used when treating root canal decay.

But you can choose the type of cap for your tooth. You can choose an expensive porcelain cap, a gold one or a combination of dental ceramic and a metal alloy. The cap will be put on the teeth and sealed permanently. While you may notice this cap in the beginning as it feels foreign in your mouth, within a few days, it becomes normal, and you can treat it like your other teeth.

Cavities are a tricky business and should never be neglected. The faster they are treated, higher are your chances of saving your teeth. If you dive underwater, make sure you tell your dentist about it. He may use special techniques to ensure there is no air bubbles or gaps within the filling. This way, even when you go underwater, you are free from a toothache.


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Why Is Dentistry so Expensive?

keeping teeth cleanOkay, so I’m going to step out a little bit here and say that dentistry is NOT expensive, it is actually neglect which is expensive.

If you have a full set of gleaming white teeth which you have looked after since birth, cleaning them twice per day  with a fluoride containing toothpaste and using interdental brushes or floss and mouthwash in between meals then your dental health costs can be as little as  £10 per month if you join a dental health maintenance plan with a local private practice.



On the other hand, if you neglect your teeth, or have in the past, then your dental health bills are likely to be considerably more expensive, and here’s why:

Restorative dentistry costs

Dental laboratoryIf your teeth have to be restored for example by using dental veneers, dental crowns or dental implants (to replace missing teeth) then the chances are your dentist will be using a dental laboratory.

As with many things, it’s possible to use cheap  or expensive suppliers. Using a cheap overseas laboratory, perhaps from China  could get the cost of the dental crown, veneer or implant down to a few pounds, the dentist could pass on this cost saving to you and therefore save you a great deal of money.

However, as with many things you get what you pay for. Cheap overseas work often comes with minimal guarantees as to the quality of the workmanship or materials… Do you really want your dentist compromising on quality of the material that you’re going to have in your mouth permanently?

We always recommend that you ask your dentist to see which dental laboratory they are using, you can then do your own research into the quality of workmanship from this particular laboratory.

Keeping up-to-date with modern research and training.

If you have to have more complex and advanced dental treatments then your dentist will more than likely have been on a recent training course to keep them updated with the most relevant thinking and research. Attending courses such of this has a double cost, the cost of the course itself and the cost of lost revenue whilst the dentist is out of the practice.

If you want to have a dentist that is able to treat neglected, decayed or damaged in then it will definitely the legal elsewhere certainly cost this dentist in continuing professional development in this chosen area of dental treatments.

Having a team of highly educated dental staff.

As well as the dentist themselves the team need to be fully updated with the use of modern materials, equipment and thinking. If you have a tooth to replace my offer example, you will want to know that the whole team are fully informed about how the tooth replacement process works, again this costs money to the team to attend this type of course.

Cheap dentistry.

ID-10053901-Stuart MilesYou have a big part to play in keeping your costs down in dentistry. Maintaining your dental health and keeping your oral health care routine in check will ensure that  you don’t need to access the more expensive dental treatments such as restorative dentistry  or advanced treatment modalities such as replacing missing teeth, bleeding gums or  dealing with gingivitis or the more serious periodontitis..

Highworth Dental Care says:

WHAT IS THE PERFECT ACCESSORY FOR A CONFIDENT SMILE?

It’s all about having a fresh breath. Together your Smile and your Fresh Breath WILL get you noticed and you WILL be remembered for all the right reasons.

So how can you achieve this perfect match? Remember to take regular and good care of both your teeth and your gum health with the help of your friendly hygienist or dentist at Highworth Dental Care in Swindon.

We, At Cosmetic-Dental-Treatments.info totally agree with Highworth dental care, taking regular care of both your teeth and gums will help keep your smile bright, your fresh breath and your dentistry cheaper!

How to find a dentist on the Internet

Finding the dentist can be very difficult, and the best way by far is to always go for recommendation by a friend. This ensures that you can trust the dentist to carry out great treatment… After all they carried out great treatment on your friend didn’t they?

If you don’t know of the dentist in your local area then there are a few useful tips to finding one on the Internet.

There are many dentist directories on the Internet where dental practices in local areas are located, some typical examples are as follows.

  1. dentist101.co.uk
  2. thehealthcentre.org.uk
  3. dentistfinder.net
  4. dentaldentist.co.uk
  5. dentist-finder.co.uk

These websites do not let the dentists that they list they are simply a directory of local dental practices in your area.

Using the Internet to search for a dentist

Another technique to find a dentist would be to go to Google and search for various treatments and services and include your geographical location.

Search for << treatment>> in << geographical location>>, so for example ‘teeth whitening in London’. But how do you know which treatment  to search for? Well, here is an example list of some possible treatments for dental problems.

Dental problem-dark teeth

Search for:

  • teeth whitening
  • teeth bleaching
  • whitening trays
  • home whitening
  • surgery whitening

Remember to include your geographical location with each of these treatments.

Other possibilities could include:

  • dental veneers
  • instant veneers

Dental problem-missing teeth

Search for:

  • dental implants
  • dental bridges
  • dentures

Dental problem-crooked teeth

Search for:

  • six month smiles
  • Inman aligner
  • ceramic braces
  • invisible braces
  • Invisalign
  • clear step
  • Damon braces
  • lingual braces
Always remember to include a geographical location with any of these search terms, this way you will be assured of finding a dentist in the local area that can help.

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