Is a decayed, chipped, or broken tooth causing discomfort and affecting your smile? Let us help you regain your oral health and confidence with our expert dental filling services.
What Are Dental Fillings?
Dental fillings are restorative materials used to repair teeth that have been damaged by decay, cracks, or fractures. They not only restore the appearance of the tooth but also prevent further decay and restore proper chewing function.
How Are Dental Fillings Performed?
The procedure is relatively quick and straightforward, and with modern dental techniques and materials, it can provide long-lasting and aesthetically pleasing results to restore your tooth’s function and appearance.
Before the procedure begins, the dentist will administer local anaesthesia to numb the area around the affected tooth. This ensures that you feel little to no discomfort during the filling process.
The dentist will use a dental drill or laser to remove the decayed or damaged portion of the tooth. Once the damaged area is removed, the tooth is thoroughly cleaned to eliminate any remaining bacteria or debris.
The dentist will shape the cavity to create a space that can securely hold the filling material.
Depending on the type of filling material chosen, the dentist will apply layers of the filling substance to the prepared cavity. For tooth-coloured composite fillings, each layer is hardened with a special light before adding the next one. Amalgam fillings are placed in one bulk and shaped accordingly.
After the filling material is placed and hardened, the dentist will trim and shape it to ensure a proper fit with your bite. The filling is then polished to give it a smooth and natural appearance.
The dentist will examine the filling and make any necessary adjustments to ensure it fits comfortably and does not interfere with your bite.
Once the filling is complete, you may experience some mild sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. However, this discomfort usually subsides quickly. It is essential to maintain good oral hygiene, including regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups, to prolong the life of the filling and prevent future dental issues.
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What Can You Expect During Your Dental Fillings Experience?
At Mindarie Quinns Dental Centre, we use composite tooth-coloured fillings, ensuring a natural appearance. For a single tooth filling, we aim to provide treatment on the same day, while multiple fillings may require a follow-up appointment.
Before proceeding, we provide an estimate of the filling cost based on the size and material used, ensuring transparency and informed decision-making for our patients.
Frequently asked questions
We understand that dental fillings can raise various questions and concerns for patients. To provide clarity and support, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions and provided detailed answers.
Common types of dental fillings include amalgam (metal), composite resin (tooth-colored), gold, and porcelain. The best filling material for you depends on factors like the location and extent of the damage, your aesthetic preferences, and budget.
Yes, local anesthesia is typically used to numb the area around the tooth and prevent pain during the filling procedure.
The longevity of dental fillings depends on various factors, such as the filling material used and oral hygiene practices. With proper care, fillings can last several years. If necessary, they can be replaced or repaired.
Dental fillings are generally safe, but some patients may experience temporary sensitivity or allergic reactions to certain materials. Your dentist will discuss any potential risks with you.
Yes, you can resume normal eating and drinking once the numbness wears off after the procedure.
Yes, tooth-coloured composite fillings are available and are popular for their natural appearance. They may cost more than traditional amalgam fillings but offer cosmetic benefits.
What our clients say
“Have been a client here for over 10 years and highly recommend this practice. Dr Lubinka has been my dentist for 12 years since I moved from the UK. Her professionalism, knowledge, attention to detail and her communication is outstanding. The administrative, support and dental nurse staff here are equally exceptional. Customer focused, positive, flexible and polite. Have never ever considered going anywhere else. Highly recommended.”
“Thank you to all the staff for being so caring and accommodating for my husband's first visit. Dr Lubinka has set him on a path toward dental health recovery. This practice has even inspired me to visit for a checkup and that’s somewhat miraculous!”
“Excellent customer service, with friendly and experienced staff! This is so helpful when you have a child who has always been anxious going to the dentist. Dr Master is so professional and composed that I don't even need to go in with my child when she has an appointment. He makes sure that you are completely satisfied with the service you receive and that's at no additional cost to you!”
“What can you say? Who loves going to the dentist? My experience has been awesome. No pain, no fuss, friendly and professional. Do I want to go again? No. I want to take better care of my teeth. Yet, if I have to go, I definitely will be back here.”
“I cannot praise Mindarie Quinn’s dental staff highly enough. My son had an accident at school resulting in a chipped tooth, the desk staff were amazing, shifting around appointments to fit him in for emergency treatment. Dr Aron was brilliant. He was calm & gentle with a traumatised boy. Within the hour we were back home with a fixed up-front tooth. This is my usual dentist, and my experiences are always great, but the care we received today in an emergency was so professional and reassuring, I felt the need to leave a review of our experience. Thank you for the incredible treatment we received with you today.”
“Staff are always super friendly. Really helpful when it comes to dental emergencies. My teeth are forever grateful.”
“Myself and my children have been seeing Lubinka for years. She is kind, patient, friendly and explains everything very well. My daughter had to have 4 teeth extracted and the procedure went very well because of her trust in Lubinka. The other staff are also lovely. We highly recommend this practice.”