Dental fillings are used to repair the damage caused to teeth by tooth decay, and effectively prevent further deterioration. Although tooth decay can be a symptom of having poor oral health, sometimes fillings are required for other reasons, such as when the shape or structure of a tooth makes it hard to prevent tooth decay from occurring in particular spot.
Types of Dental Fillings
We do not use silver amalgam fillings as we believe that composite resin is a far-superior material to metal fillings. White filling material is biocompatible and durable, and gives a great natural-looking result. It preserves the aesthetics of your smile so no one need know that you have a dental filling at all!
Getting A Filling
Your Dentist may identify a cavity or tooth decay through your dental examination and x-rays. You may not even be aware there is a problem as symptoms are not always obvious.
The process for getting a dental filling begins with numbing the area with a local anaesthetic to keep you comfortable and pain-free. The Dentist then removes all of the tooth decay and thoroughly cleans the area. Finally, the cavity is filled with a tooth-coloured composite resin.
If you suffer from dental anxiety, we have several options for helping you to manage your fear of the dentist, including Drift Away Anxiety Management and Sleep Dentistry. Talk to us about your concerns and we will help find a solution that best suits your needs.
We recommend regular dental examinations and dental hygienist appointments for the early detection of tooth decay. When dental issues are caught early they are easier to treat and you can often avoid major treatments.