Tooth Fillings & Treatments in Melbourne
Are you worried about any holes or cavities you may have in your teeth? Do you feel pain when you brush particular teeth or sensitivity when eating hot or cold foods? If so, these may be signs that you have tooth decay and require a dental filling.
Tooth fillings, also known as composite fillings, are a natural-looking and durable option for filling small and medium cavities. They help to restore teeth and relieve the pain that cavities cause.
Most people will require different types of fillings during their life. Dental on Clarendon provides various dental services at our South Melbourne clinic, including tooth fillings. Our experienced dentists are available to help resolve any dental issues you may be experiencing.
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The Dental Filling Procedure
One of the dentists at our South Melbourne clinic will explain what the procedure entails before they start. Feel free to ask any questions you have about the procedure.
The dentist will begin by inspecting your teeth to identify which ones need tooth filling material placed into them. They usually determine this by taking x-rays and using a dental probe to measure and detect the health of each tooth.
Our dentist may administer a local anaesthetic to numb the surroundings of your tooth to ensure that you’re comfortable throughout the procedure. A local anaesthetic may not be required depending on the size of the dental filling.
A fast drill will cut through the layers of enamel and remove any tooth decay that is found. A slower drill is then used on the second layer of the tooth. When required, a laser might be used to remove any remaining tooth decay. The areas where decay has been removed from will be sterilised to remove any remaining bacteria and to prepare a hole for the tooth filling material.
Dental Filling Procedure
A suction tool will be used to completely dry the treatment area. An acid gel is spread over the tooth for about 15 seconds and then washed off. This step is called etching; it prepares the tooth’s surface to make the bonding tooth filling material hold. The material is then placed, creating another layer under the filling. Finally, the composite resin is shaped onto the tooth and a blue light is used to harden the tooth fillings.
Your dentist will polish your tooth fillings to smoothen any edges and check the bite of the dental filling, altering it if required. If local anaesthetic was used, it will make your mouth feel numb for a few hours.
Commonly Asked Questions
Tooth fillings treat cavities and restore damaged teeth back to their original function and shape. All types of fillings are used to fill the holes in teeth caused by decay and wear. This is done to ensure that the teeth are healthy and continue to function without further decay occurring.
Tooth fillings are commonly made from:
- Silver amalgam
- Composite resin
- Cast gold
- Glass ionomer
Small filling procedures can be completed in about 20 minutes within one appointment. The filling process time depends on how much tooth decay there is, how difficult the areas that need to be filled are to reach, the tooth filling material, and the speed of your dentist.
Book an appointment with our dentist if your fillings are wearing out, if it’s been about five years since you received your composite filling, or 10-15 years since your amalgam fillings were placed.
Yes, children of all ages are eligible for fillings. Glass ionomer fillings are usually used on baby teeth, since they’re temporary. However, since baby teeth fall out, a filling may not be necessary.
The tooth filling cost at our Melbourne clinic is determined by various factors, such as:
- The location of the tooth that needs treatment
- The number of tooth surfaces that require filling
- How much damage there is
- The material of the filling (amalgam fillings or composite fillings)