Tooth Fillings

Tooth Fillings

An Introduction to Tooth Fillings

Tooth fillings are a common dental treatment used to repair cavities and prevent further decay. When bacteria cause damage to the tooth, a filling can restore its shape and function. Fillings don’t just fix problems, they protect your teeth from future issues. This makes them a vital part of maintaining oral health.

Why Tooth Fillings are Essential

Fillings stop decay from spreading, saving your tooth from more severe treatments later. They restore the damaged part of your tooth, so you can bite, chew, and smile without pain. Getting a filling as soon as you need one will keep your mouth healthier.

Types of Tooth Fillings Offered

At Gentle Dental Care, we provide several types of fillings to suit different needs. Each type has its benefits, from looking natural to fighting off future decay.

Composite Resin Fillings
Composite resin not only matches your tooth’s colour but also allows for precise shaping to perfectly restore your tooth. Its versatility ensures a seamless and natural restoration.
Glass Ionomer Cement Fillings
This type releases fluoride, which helps prevent cavities from forming again. This is best for children or fillings below the gum line. Although not as strong as other types, it provides excellent protection against decay.
Ceramic Fillings
Made from durable porcelain, these fillings are strong and look like your real teeth. They’re perfect for larger cavities or restorations, offering a blend of aesthetics and longevity.

To learn more about types of fillings feel free to contact us and speak to one of our friendly team

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Choosing the Right Filling for Your Needs

The best filling for you depends on the location of the cavity, the level of the decay, and your personal needs. Our team will help you choose the right material, ensuring your filling not only looks great but also lasts for years.

The Tooth Filling Process

Understanding what happens during the tooth-filling process can ease any nerves you might have about your visit. Here’s a step-by-step guide to what you can expect when you come in for a tooth filling.

What to Expect During Your Visit

STEP 1:

Tooth Examination

Your dentist will start by examining your teeth to identify the extent of decay. This may involve taking X-rays to see the damage more clearly.

Tooth Examination
STEP 2:

Anaesthesia

If needed, your dentist will numb the area around the affected tooth with a local anaesthetic. This ensures you won’t feel any pain during the procedure.

Anaesthesia
STEP 3:

Removing Decay

The next step is to remove the decayed material from the tooth. Your dentist uses special tools to clear away the damaged parts.

Removing Decay
STEP 4:

Cleaning

After removing all decay, the dentist actively cleans the area, ensuring it’s fully prepared for the new filling. This step is crucial for a successful and lasting filling.

Cleaning
STEP 5:

Finishing Touches

Your dentist will make any final adjustments to ensure the filling fits well and feels comfortable. They will check your bite and polish the filled tooth.

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STEP 6:

Aftercare Advice

Before you leave the clinic, we will provide advice on how to care for your filling and when to make a follow-up appointment.

Aftercare Advice

Benefits of Tooth Fillings

Tooth fillings play a crucial role in dental health. They offer several benefits that extend beyond simply filling a hole in your tooth. Here’s why they’re so important:

Stops Decay In Its Tracks

Stops Decay in Its Tracks

Fillings halt the progression of tooth decay, preventing it from reaching the inner parts of the tooth where it can cause serious issues.

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Restores Tooth Function

A filling brings back the normal function of your tooth, allowing you to chew and bite without discomfort.

Aesthetic Improvement

Aesthetic Improvement

With options like composite resin and ceramic fillings, your tooth can look as good as new. These materials match your tooth colour, blending seamlessly.

Prevents Further Damage

Prevents Further Damage

By filling the cavity, you’re also protecting the tooth from further decay and damage, potentially saving you from more complicated procedures down the line.

Quick And Effective

Quick and Effective

Getting a filling is a relatively quick procedure, but it’s effective in immediately improving your oral health.

Tooth fillings are a key preventive measure in dental care, ensuring your teeth remain healthy and functional for years to come.

The Cost of Dental Fillings in Sydney

The price of getting a dental filling in Sydney varies, depending on several factors. These include the size of the cavity, the type of filling material you choose, and the number of teeth that need work. Generally, composite dental fillings are more budget-friendly compared to ceramic fillings. However, it’s important to remember that while composite fillings are less expensive, ceramic fillings offer greater durability and longevity.

For more accurate costing, it’s best to speak to a dentist about your situation. We can provide a detailed breakdown of costs based on your needs and the recommended treatment plan. If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to call us today on 1300 99 69 39

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Why Choose Gentle Dental for Your Dental Care?

Affordable Services

Affordable Services

Competitive pricing and flexible payment plans make quality care more accessible.
Family Friendly

Family-Friendly

Comprehensive dental care for patients of all ages, from children to adults.
Convenience

Convenience

Open 7 days a week across 7 convenient Sydney locations, fitting your busy schedule.

Advanced Technology

Advanced Technology

State-of-the-art dental technology for efficient and effective treatment.

Convenience

Experienced Professionals

Our team of skilled orthodontists brings years of experience to provide you with the best care.

Frequently Asked Questions about Fillings

If you still have questions, Feel free to call one of our 7 clinics and speak to one of our team members.

How do I know if I need a tooth filling?

You might need a filling if you have tooth pain, sensitivity to hot or cold, or can physically see or feel a hole in your tooth. However, some cavities are not obvious and only a dentist can diagnose them during a check-up.

Does getting a tooth filling hurt?
Thanks to local anaesthesia, you shouldn’t feel any pain during the filling procedure. You may feel pressure, but the area will be numbed to ensure your comfort.
How long does a tooth filling take?
Most filling appointments take about an hour, but it can vary depending on the extent of decay and the number of fillings needed.
Can I eat after getting a filling?
You should wait until the anaesthesia wears off to eat, to avoid biting your cheek or tongue. With composite fillings, you can eat as soon as you feel comfortable, but with other types, it’s best to wait a few hours.
How long do tooth fillings last?
The lifespan of a filling depends on its material and how well you care for your teeth. Composite fillings can last 5-10 years, while ceramic fillings may last 15 years or more with proper care.
Are there any special care instructions for a filled tooth?
Treat a filled tooth just like your other teeth. Continue good oral hygiene practices: brush twice a day, floss daily, and visit your dentist regularly for check-ups.
What’s the difference between a filling and a crown?
A filling repairs a small area of decay on a tooth, while a crown is used when the decay or damage is extensive enough that a filling won’t suffice. A crown covers the entire visible part of the tooth.
Do we need to replace the filling?
Fillings may need to be replaced if they start wearing out, break, or if decay develops around them. Regular dental check-ups help catch these issues early. The need for replacement can vary greatly depending on the type of filling and your oral hygiene practices.

Gentle Dental Clinics Sydney

We have 7 dental clinics across Sydney, see below for a clinic near you.

Liverpool

Liverpool

Open 7 Days

229 Macquarie St. Liverpool, Sydney, NSW 2170

(02) 9602 3339

Tahmoor

Tahmoor

Open 6 Days

158 Remembrance Drive, Tahmoor, NSW 2573

(02) 4681 8384

Campbelltown

Campbelltown

Open 6 Days

36 Queen St. Campbelltown, Sydney, NSW 2560

(02) 4629 1900

Miranda

Miranda

Open 7 Days

LG/86 Kiora Rd, Miranda, NSW 2228

(02) 9099 6666

Double Bay

Double Bay

Open 6 Days

Suite 1.07 & 1.08, 451 New South Head Rd, Gallery Level (Level 1) Kiaora Place, Double Bay NSW, 2028

(02) 9327 1777

Leppington

Leppington

Open 6 Days

Emerald Hills Shopping Vill, Bldng 5, Shop 4 5 Emerald Hills, Blvd Leppington NSW, 2179

(02) 9199 9690

Wetherill Park

Wetherill Park

Open 7 Days

561-583 Polding St, Shop 208 Stockland Wetherill Park, NSW 2164

(02) 9604 6611

Contact Gentle Dental Care

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