What are Dental Fillings?

Have you ever experienced a toothache or tooth sensitivity while brushing your teeth? You may need dental fillings if you have cavities or holes in your teeth.

Dental fillings or Dental restorations are used to repair small cavities in your teeth. They can be metal fillings, silver amalgam filling, porcelain or plastic. 

Benefits of Dental Fillings

For small cavities, dental tooth fillings are the ideal solution. The basic dental cavity filling material is white.

They’re usually put in place by drilling into the decayed portion of the tooth and then using a particular type of cement that hardens to fill up the hole. It’s a straightforward procedure that can often be done without any pain at all!

The following are the benefits of white dental fillings:-

  • You can eat hard foods like nuts, corn immediately.
  • Dentists can repair white fillings by adding more fillings to the existing fillings and then polish, shape and cure the new white filling.
  • It is possible to tint the composite resin to match the natural colour of a patient’s teeth. White fillings can be used in a variety of ways.
  • Compared with amalgam restorations, white fillings bond better with teeth, which means less tooth structure is removed. Small cavities are best filled with white fillings.

Why Choose Narre Warren Dental Care for Dental Fillings

Narre Warren Dental Care is the best place to get dental fillings. We’ve been providing quality dentistry since 2012, and we know how to make your mouth feel better. Our team of dentists are experts in their field to help you with any dental issue.

At Narre Warren Dental Care, we focus our entire practice on high-quality dental work at low prices. We use modern technology like digital x-rays and 3D scans so we can make sure your mouth stays healthy long after we leave. We also use advanced techniques, which allow us to complete all of your treatment in one visit instead of multiple visits over several months!

We make it as easy and painless as possible to get your dental fillings done right here in our clinic! We offer free consultations, so you know exactly what work needs to be done before anything happens.

Call us today on 03 8774 6546 or book an appointment online now!

Frequently asked questions

Do you have questions about our dental services? We’re here to help! Check out the
answers to some of our most frequently asked questions or browse through below for more information.

Amalgam Fillings:- Silver Amalgam fillings are strong and durable. They are mainly used to replace missing teeth in the back of your mouth, which would otherwise not be seen. Silver is mixed with copper, tin and mercury to create a silver filling material that resists wear for years at a time! It’s recommended for replacing damaged or lost teeth further back where they won’t show so much.

Composite fillings:– Composite resin fillings are made up of acrylic resin and finely ground, glasslike particles. This produces the most natural appearance for your restoration! Composite fillings provide durability and resistance to enamel fracture in small-to-mid-sized restorations that withstand moderate chewing pressure.

Glass ionomer fillings:- A filling material that contains glass particles is known as glass ionomer. Glass ionomer fillings are tooth-coloured, which allow them to blend in seamlessly with the teeth. They release fluoride over time to help prevent decay under and around these filling while also looking natural as they come in many different colours. These fillings work well for non-load bearing teeth but not for those who chew on their back molars because they may wear out quickly due to their fragile nature.

Gold fillings or Inlays:- Gold fillings are custom made in a laboratory before being cemented into place. Inlays work well with gum tissues and can last more than 20 years if proper oral health care is taken. Gold is considered the best filling material.

Porcelain fillings:-Porcelain fillings are a popular choice for teeth with cavities because they have a similar cost to gold and can be matched to the colour of your natural tooth. The porcelain is also stain resistant which means you’ll never need another cavity filling again!

The filling process takes about 15 minutes from beginning to end, depending on how long it takes for your anaesthesia to kick in.

Fillings usually work well and last for a long time, but they can chip or crack over time. Check-ups at the dentist will help you to catch these problems early on before it’s too late!

You’re expected to experience sensitivity in your tooth for about a week or two after it’s restored. Additionally, your dentist may prescribe you painkillers and antibiotics to prevent infection and pain! Ongoing symptoms beyond two weeks are rare, so if this happens, then get advice from your dental health care professional at the earliest

It takes just five steps to fill a tooth with dental fillings or restorations.

  1. The dentist will use local anaesthesia to numb the tooth area, so you will feel nothing during the procedure.
  2. The dentist will first shape the tooth for the filling, and then any decayed material will be removed with a drill.
  3. An acid gel will be applied to the tooth before your dentist places the filling.
  4. Bright light may be used to harden the resin on a filling, depending on its type.
  5. A dentist will polish your tooth after applying the dental filling material to your cavity.

Do you have a dental plan?

If so, then both types of fillings are covered by your dental plan! That’s right. No more worrying about how much it will cost to get that cavity fixed. You can just go in and enjoy the experience with no worries at all.

A filling can cost between $100 and $300, depending on the filling material and whether or not it is a simple or complex procedure. National Australian dental fee surveys for 2017 show that a filling for a simple tooth costs up to $200, while a filling for a more complex tooth costs up to $320.

For preventing future tooth decay and for maintaining the long-term health of your tooth, here are simple tips you can use to take care of your fillings:-

  • Tooth sensitivity is high for the next 24 hours after fillings; therefore, you need to be careful when chewing, talking, and biting
  • Use soft, slow strokes when brushing
  • Reduce sugary food to a minimum.
  • They are the source of dental decay
  • Refrain from eating sticky or too hot or cold foods
  • Avoid Acidic foods
  • Don’t drink sodas; instead, drink more water to keep the teeth and filling clean