Dental Fillings – Procedures & Treatments

Tooth-Coloured Resin Fillings

Composite resin is a tooth-coloured cosmetic filling material used to restore teeth. It is used to:

  • Restore decayed or broken teeth
  • Replace old metal fillings
  • Fill in spaces between the teeth
  • Cover stained/discoloured teeth
  • Correct the shape of teeth

Benefits of Tooth-Coloured Resin Fillings

  • non-visible as they match the shade of your teeth 
  • conserve tooth structure as they require less preparation compared to metal fillings 
  • help reduce tooth fracture as they expand & contract less with temperature changes compared to metal fillings
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Procedure for tooth-coloured resin fillings

  1. Any decay, old fillings or damaged tooth structure is removed from the tooth.  
  2. A shade of resin to match your natural tooth is selected.  
  3. The resin is then bonded to the cavity in the tooth, shaped & polished to ensure cosmetics & comfort.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment to get an opinion on your need for a tooth-coloured resin dental fillings.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Fillings

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A dental filling is a short procedure that is done in one sitting. The filling process time is dependent on the amount of tooth decay, the difficulty of the areas that need to be filled, the filling material and the speed of your dentist. The entire process including the preparation will usually take around 20 minutes to an hour to complete.

A local anaesthetic will usually be used to numb the areas around the tooth and prevent any pain during the process. A thin needle will be used to inject the anaesthetic directly onto the gum near the tooth. A small prick may be felt. Sometimes, dentists may also apply a topical anaesthetic directly on the gum to numb the area before the local anaesthetic injection.

If you decide to not use any anaesthetics, the pain will depend on the sensitivity of your teeth and how deep the tooth decay is.

Dental fillings are not permanent and will wear out with time. Composite fillings last up to five years and amalgam fillings between 10-15 years. However, they may last longer or shorter depending on the amount of care taken. Occasionally, fillings can fall out or break due to a physical accident or damaged by biting hard food. If this happens, call your dentist immediately for a repair. It is recommended that you visit your dentist regularly to check your fillings for preventative care.

Yes, children of all ages can get dental fillings. However, if the baby tooth is likely to fall out within a few months, the dentist may decide that a filling is not needed. If you would like to learn more about children’s dentistry please visit the link provided.

The grooves or fissure in your teeth can be so fine that the bristles of your toothbrush cannot reach the bottom of them.

The bottom of these grooves can accumulate small particles of food, this food then feeds the bacteria that live at the bottom of the grooves and cause cavities.

Fissure seals fill and seal the groove in our teeth so that food and bacteria cannot reach the bottom anymore.

Fissure seals protect your teeth from dental decay.

In the long term, fissure seals will protect you from needing fillings, and the cost of those fillings.

By avoiding dental fillings the survival of your tooth is much greater than a tooth that has had previous cavities.

If you notice that your fillings are wearing out and it has been around five years for your composite filling or 10-15 years for your amalgam fillings, make an appointment with your dentist for a check up and possible replacement.

Yes, research shows that there are no risks to silver amalgam fillings. The small amount of mercury contained in a filling is not dangerous. When the mercury is mixed with other metals to form the silver amalgam material, a non-toxic compound will form. If you have a mercury allergy or have a family history of metal allergies, let the dentist know and an alternative filling material will be used.

This will be dependant on your insurance coverage. Medicare does not cover dental services.

In most cases, if you have private health cover the answer will be yes. However, it is best to contact your health provider to see if your cover is enough to cover the procedure.