A filling restores a hole in a tooth, or repairs a chipped tooth and returns it to its original shape. Dentists carry out the process and use non-toxic materials that bond to your teeth.

Once the dentist has discovered a cavity, all the decayed and weakened tooth is removed and replaced with filling material. After discussing your options regarding pain relief you may opt for a local anaesthetic to numb your tooth and the surrounding area.

FAQs

What are the symptoms for fillings?

Often there are no signs or symptoms that you need a filling, which is why regular check ups with your dentist are recommended. If you’re experiencing sensitivity or even pain while eating or drinking very hot, cold or sweet foods and drinks, then you may have the kind of tooth decay that requires a filling. Toothache is also a common sign of tooth decay, and the pain can sometimes extend to your gums and underlying bone.

Does the treatment hurt?

The treatment is largely painless due to the anaesthetic that’s used. Afterwards the treated area can feel tender and bruised and your tooth can be sensitive. This sensitivity generally subsides over a couple of days. If you are at all worried contact your dentist for advice.

What types of fillings are there?

In the past the most common types of fillings were mercury amalgam fillings, today the most common type of filling is white tooth-coloured composite resin.

Why do you only offer Composite fillings?

We offer white composite fillings because:

  • The composite resin bonds to your tooth making the tooth stronger
  • This material blends beautifully with your tooth
How do I make fillings last?

White composite fillings can last for over many years if they are well looked after by both dentist and patient.

The following are keys to the longevity of a filling:

  • Eating a healthy diet low in both refined and unrefined sugars – and not snacking
  • Keeping your mouth clean with regular brushing and flossing
  • Having regular dental check-ups and professional teeth cleaning to help remove plaque and calculus that you miss
  • Using a fluoridated toothpaste
Will fillings stand out in my smile?

Unlike other fillings, white composite fillings visually match the rest of your teeth, and can brighten your smile overall.

I need more than one tooth filling. How many fillings can be done at once?

There really isn’t a limit to the number of fillings your dentist can give you at one time. In fact, if you have a few cavities located in the same area (the upper right of your mouth, for example), your dentist can give you a few tooth fillings all at once. The biggest limit to how many cavities a patient can get done in one sitting depends on a variety of factors: How long can you be at the dentist? Do you have any time constraints? Can you hold your mouth open for an extended period of time? It also depends on how much anaesthetic our dentists can administer safely.

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Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene

Gum disease affects a large proportion of the population. Oral hygiene, genetics and lifestyle factors all play a part.
Air-polish

Air-polish

We use the state of the art EMS AIRFLOW® – scientifically proven to gently but effectively remove staining from your teeth.

Emergencies

Emergencies

If you have a problem such as pain, broken teeth or swelling, we can help.

Tooth Removal

Tooth Removal

Teeth that cannot be restored may need to be removed. We can help with this.

Check-ups

Check-ups

Regular dental examinations help protect not just your oral health, but also your overall health.

Fillings

Fillings

A filling restores a hole in a tooth, or repairs a chipped tooth and returns it to its original shape.

Bridges

Bridges

A dental bridge is used to replace a missing tooth using a pontic (fake tooth) bonded to an adjacent tooth or teeth.

Crowns

Crowns

dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is cemented over a tooth.

Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Treatment

Root canal therapy is needed when the pulp in a tooth becomes inflamed and infected from a build-up of bacteria.

Dentures

Dentures

Dentures are removable false teeth that are made of acrylic resin and can include a metal framework.

Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene

Gum disease affects a large proportion of the population. Oral hygiene, genetics and lifestyle factors all play a part.

Air-polish

Air-polish

We use the state of the art EMS AIRFLOW® – scientifically proven to gently but effectively remove staining from your teeth.

Emergencies

Emergencies

If you have a problem such as pain, broken teeth or swelling, we can help.

Tooth Removal

Tooth Removal

Teeth that cannot be restored may need to be removed. We can help with this.

Check-ups

Check-ups

Regular dental examinations help protect not just your oral health, but also your overall health.

Fillings

Fillings

A filling restores a hole in a tooth, or repairs a chipped tooth and returns it to its original shape.

Bridges

Bridges

A dental bridge is used to replace a missing tooth using a pontic (fake tooth) bonded to an adjacent tooth or teeth.

Crowns

Crowns

dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is cemented over a tooth.

Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Treatment

Root canal therapy is needed when the pulp in a tooth becomes inflamed and infected from a build-up of bacteria.

Dentures

Dentures

Dentures are removable false teeth that are made of acrylic resin and can include a metal framework.