Dental fillings are made from tooth coloured composite resin that is applied to gaps in the teeth that are caused by cavities. White fillings also help protect your teeth from being further damaged by decay, by stopping more bacteria getting in. Colour-matched to your natural teeth, white fillings are hardly noticeable.
At Mount Lawley Dental, we take a preventive approach to dentistry, ensuring that your teeth and gums are in the best of care so you can afford unnecessary treatment down the track. This includes sealing small gaps with fillings before they become too large to treat.
Over 90% of Australians experience tooth decay at some point in their lives. When left untreated, tooth decay can cause a range of dental issues including gum disease and tooth loss.
What’s difficult is that tooth decay doesn’t always cause pain and so you might not even know you have cavities until it’s too late. That’s why it’s important to attend regular six-monthly check-ups with your dentist who will identify any signs of decay and seal the gaps in your teeth with fillings.
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Fillings are a simple, non-invasive dental treatment that require minimal preparation. The goal is to preserve your natural tooth as much as possible and remove any decay that’s causing damage.
On the day of your fill treatment, your dentist will:
If you already have fillings that have deteriorated over time or are damaged, it might be possible to either repair or replace them.
At Mount Lawley Dental, we’ll assess the condition of your mouth, checking for any decay in and around the old filling and determine whether it can be repaired, replaced with a new filling or restored using another treatment. Alternative treatment options to fill large gaps in teeth that are unsuitable for fillings, include:
If it’s been a while since your last dental appointment, it’s best to see the dentist for a comprehensive examination. At Mount Lawley Dental, we believe in complete transparency when it comes to oral health. We’ll provide you with a treatment plan and estimated quote so you can make a full informed decision about treatment.
Composite fillings can be completed in one appointment and usually take less than an hour. It’s uncommon to experience pain or sensitivity during treatment, however, if you’re concerned, let your dentist know so they can provide a local anaesthesia to numb the area.
First your dentist will examine and prepare the decayed tooth and then clean the tooth removing all signs of decay. Your dentist then applies layers of composite resin onto the tooth, hardening each layer with a laser light as they go. Finally, the filling is shaped to match the existing tooth and polished.
White fillings are made of a composite resin material that can last between 5 to 7 years. However, it will depend on where the filling is located and the pressure it endures with biting and grinding forces.
Practising good oral hygiene by regularly brushing and flossing your teeth, as well as keeping a healthy diet and maintaining regular check-ups will help you keep your fillings for longer.