It is important to take care of your oral health and wellness to reduce the chance of needing a filling. Regular trips to your dentist will help to identify problem areas before they become cavities or decay in the tooth. If you do have decay, we can treat it and repair your tooth. It is important to discuss with your dentist how to prevent decay in the future.
Fillings help to restore your damaged teeth to their normal shape and function. Your dentist will first remove the decay from inside your tooth. Depending on the damage to your tooth, there are several types of fillings.
Common signs you may need a filling include:
We recommend visiting your dentist regularly for routine check-ups to identify any problem areas early. Tackling problems early means that treatment will be less invasive and more affordable.
We believe that prevention is the key to a healthy mouth.
Your Maven dentist will use a local anaesthetic to numb the tooth and the area around it. To make you feel as comfortable as possible, we will make sure that you can’t feel anything before the decay is removed. After the tooth has been prepared, we restore the tooth with a filling material. The type of filling material that is used will be discussed with you beforehand and will depend on the extent of the decay, the location of the cavity and your personal preference.
The type of filling that your Maven dentist uses to fill your cavity will depend on a few contributing factors. Your dentist will discuss all the options with you before your treatment.
Also known as traditional silver fillings. These are a combination (or “amalgam’) of several metals including silver, tin, copper and mercury. Amalgam fillings are usually lower cost, easier to place and, because of their strength, may be more appropriate for larger cavities. Amalgam has been safely in dentistry for over 150 years and still has a place today.
Composite or synthetic white fillings are the most popular due to their natural tooth colour appearance and good seal to the tooth strength. They are matched to the colour of your teeth as closely as possible. They are often used as a replacement for stained, chipped or leaking fillings.
Gold fillings (or inlays) are very strong, durable and don’t corrode. Placing a gold inlay is a two stage procedure, so this treatment is more expensive. Some people may not like the colour of the restoration.
Porcelain or ceramic onlays or inlays are also a two stage procedure. They have a natural appearance that is matched to your tooth colour.
Glass ionomer is a tooth-coloured material similar to dental cement that can also be used as a sealant. This is not as strong as other materials and is often used as a temporary filling or as a base under other filling materials.
No special preparation needed
Your hygienist will give you advice about daily dental care like teeth brushing and flossing techniques.