The Essential Guide to Dental Fillings

Dental fillings are materials used to fill cavities or repair damage to teeth caused by decay, fractures or wear. They restore the tooth’s structure and function while preventing further decay.

Composite Fillings

Also known as tooth-coloured or white fillings, these are made from a mixture of plastic and fine ceramic particles. They blend seamlessly with natural teeth, making them aesthetically pleasing. Composite fillings are versatile and can be used for small to medium-sized cavities.

Glass Ionomer Fillings

These fillings are made from a blend of acrylic and glass powders. They release fluoride, which helps prevent further decay. While not as durable as other options, they are commonly used for children or temporary fillings.

Amalgam Fillings

These are the silver fillings that used to be very common. Renew Dental Lounge are happy to replace these fillings with Tooth Coloured ones.

Ceramic Fillings

Ceramic fillings are highly durable and stain-resistant. They mimic the natural colour and translucency of teeth, providing an excellent aesthetic option.  They are suitable for larger cavities and are often preferred for visible teeth.

Gold Fillings

Although less common due to their cost and visibility, gold fillings are incredibly durable and long-lasting.

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Silver and tooth coloured fillings

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Fillings

Why do I need a dental filling?

Dental fillings are necessary to treat cavities caused by tooth decay. If left untreated, cavities can worsen, leading to pain, infection, and potential tooth loss.

What sort of dental filling do I need?

Dental fillings come in various materials including composite (tooth-coloured), ceramic, glass ionomer and gold. Each type has its advantages and suitability based on factors such as location, size of the cavity, and aesthetic preferences. The team at Renew Dental Lounge will be able to guide you in your choice.

How long does a dental filling last?

The lifespan of a dental filling depends on several factors including the type of filling, oral hygiene practices, chewing habits, and the location of the filling in the mouth. On average, fillings can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years or longer with proper care.

Is getting a dental filling painful?

The dental filling procedure is typically performed under local anaesthesia, ensuring that you won’t feel pain during the treatment. However, some patients may experience slight discomfort or sensitivity after the anaesthesia wears off, which is normal and usually subsides within a few days.

How long does it take to get a dental filling?

The duration of a dental filling procedure varies depending on the size and location of the cavity. On average, it takes about 30 minutes to an hour to complete the procedure for a single tooth. More extensive fillings or multiple cavities may require additional time.

Are dental fillings covered by private health insurance?

Most dental insurance plans cover a portion of the cost of dental fillings. However, coverage may vary depending on the type of filling and your health fund. We can usually check your health fund coverage and any out-of-pocket expenses.

Can I eat or drink immediately after getting a dental filling?

It’s generally recommended to wait until the anaesthesia wears off completely before eating or drinking to avoid accidentally biting your cheek, tongue, or lips. Additionally, you may experience temporary sensitivity, so it’s best to start with soft foods and avoid hot or cold drinks immediately after the procedure.

What should I do if my dental filling falls out or feels loose?

If your dental filling becomes dislodged or feels loose, contact the team at Renew Dental Lounge as soon as possible for an evaluation. Avoid chewing on that side of your mouth and try to keep the area clean until you can see us for repair or replacement.

Can dental fillings be replaced?

Yes, dental fillings can be replaced if they become worn, damaged, or if you prefer a different type of filling for aesthetic reasons.

Dental fillings are a common treatment for cavities, restoring both function and aesthetics to your smile. With various types of fillings available, along with advancements in dental technology, patients have more choices than ever before. If you have any questions or concerns about dental fillings, don’t hesitate to consult with us, renew Dental Lounge, for personalised advice and recommendations.

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