Dental Fillings

 

When a tooth has decay or accidental damage your dentist may recommend a dental filling. This simple operative procedure ensures that all decay and the affected tooth structure will be cleanly removed and replaced with a durable filling material. Your dentist will advise you on the best filling material to restore your tooth. There are two types of filling materials: silver(amalgam) fillings and white composite fillings.

 

At Smile Hub Dental Clinic in Bayside Medical Centre our highly skilled dentists treat decayed, fractured, discoloured, worn, chipped and cracked teeth in adults. A lot of our patients attend for our cosmetic smile solutions as they’re unhappy with the shape or colour of their teeth. We always ensure a healthy and cosmetic result for our patients when placing white composite fillings. All our composite fillings are minimal and are matched to the natural whiteness of your teeth when restoring cavities. At Smile Hub Dental Clinic, we match all of our white dental fillings, veneers, crowns and bridges to our patient’s natural tooth colour for highly cosmetic results. Fillings stick to teeth so they can be used to repair teeth which are broken, decayed, chipped or cracked.

 

At Smile Hub Dental Clinic, we’re pleased to offer replacements for traditional amalgam metal fillings in both white composite filling material and porcelain ceramics. Our cosmetic dentists want to achieve natural results so that your white fillings are undetectable from your natural teeth. We create highly aesthetic white composite fillings. Our cosmetic dentists create by hand an extremely high level of colour matching for our white fillings. Our expert cosmetic dentists layer different shades to carefully match the white filling to your natural tooth colour. At Smile Hub Dental Clinic, we take pride in blending your white filling seamlessly to the natural colour of your tooth. This avoids the need for crowns and strengthens the tooth for long term biting forces. At Smile Hub Dental Clinic our cosmetic dentists are highly skilled in providing invisible white fillings for broken, cracked or chipped teeth or fillings.

 

At Smile Hub Dental Clinic, we use master ceramic technicians to create porcelain inlay and onlay restorations when the cavities are too large for white fillings. These beautiful works of art are bonded to your remaining tooth structure and create an almost ‘invisible’ joining whilst strengthening your remaining tooth structure.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the steps of filling placement?

A special gel (topical anaesthetic) is placed using a cotton wool roll around the gum of the affected tooth. A short injection is administered which numbs the area and can last a couple of hours. Your dentist in Smile Hub will remind you to be careful not to bite your lip for usually 2 hours following the procedure. Routinely patients choose between two fillings materials: Amalgam (silver fillings) or white composite fillings.

What is amalgam?

This silver material is made from silver, copper, tin and zinc with a trace amount of mercury. It has been used in dental practice for decades. Amalgam is strong and durable withstanding significant biting pressure from opposing teeth during chewing.

What is composite filling material?

This is a white tooth coloured filling material that is used in dentistry. Your dentist in Smile Hub will choose a colour which best matches your tooth’s natural colour which results in an invisible seamless filling in your own tooth. White filling material is like a mouldable plastic and can be packed into a prepared cavity shape. This white material is then “cured” using a special blue light. Once the filling is placed your dentist in Smile Hub will smoothen the surface to ensure that the height and shape of the tooth’s surface is correct. Your bite will be checked to ensure no “high spots” when you clench your teeth. Your dentist will ensure that your bite is even and consistent so that you can comfortably chew food.

Will my tooth hurt after a filling is placed?

All fillings may be sensitive for up to 3 months following placement. However, where a filling is deep or large your dentist may encourage you to closely follow the tooth’s progress after placement. Some deep fillings result in a tooth requiring root canal treatment at a later date. Careful review of these large deep fillings are necessary to avoid the occurrence of a painful dental abscess.

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