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Kariong, NSW, 2250

Dental Fillings

What are dental fillings?

Dental fillings are used to restore worn or damaged teeth and treat tooth decay. Since different types of fillings are better for different conditions, your dentist will help you decide which is right for you. We work to minimise the need for fillings by helping you prevent future dental problems.

Why get a filling?

  1. To place a filling is a quick procedure: when only one tooth is affected by decay, the filling can be completed in as little as one hour.
  2. A filling protects your tooth: If your tooth has a cavity, left un-treated, it will become worse and eventually you could lose the tooth if a root canal procedure is not possible.
  3. Tooth-coloured filling restorations produce a natural appearance and feel. The aim is to restore your tooth to its former glory.

What kind of dental fillings are available?

There are two main types of white fillings: composite resins or porcelain fillings.

Composite resins are matched to be the same color as your teeth and therefore used where a natural appearance is desired. The materials are placed directly into the cavity, where they harden under an intense blue light. Composites may not be the ideal material for large fillings as they may chip or wear over time.

Porcelain fillings are called inlays or onlays and are produced to order in a dental lab and then bonded to the tooth. They can be matched to the color of the tooth and resist staining. A porcelain restoration is the best tooth-coloured material for a filling.

There are also Gold fillings: gold fillings (also called gold inlays) are made to order in a laboratory and then cemented into place. Gold inlays are well tolerated by gum tissues and may last more than 20 years. For these reasons, many authorities consider gold the best filling material, but with the obvious aesthetic downside being, it is non-tooth coloured.​

Are there any side-effects of getting a filling?

Some patients experience some sensitivity to hot and cold in the weeks following the procedure, especially for deep fillings.

COVID-19 Message

Dear Patients, Families & Friends,

It’s official! We are now on Level 1 restrictions for dentistry.

Which means, as long as you have not been in a COVID-19 risk situation and don’t have a cold or flu symptoms we can provide all your regular dental treatments.

This includes examinations, checkup and cleans, restorative procedures such as replacing missing or damaged teeth, crowns, bridges, dentures and implants, orthodontic treatment, fillings, cosmetic veneers, extractions and preventative procedures.

We will continue to provide you with the safe, high-quality dental care you can trust. We are fully equipped to offer this crucial service with full compliance with Government sanctions in dealing with the Coronavirus.

Here is how we will take additional steps to keep you safe:

  • Upon arrival at your appointment you will notify us you have arrived and we will notify you when you can enter the practice safely avoiding all waiting room contact.
  • The practice will continue to be fully sanitised to ensure your safety.

Good oral health is closely linked to good overall health, so if you have not seen us for a while, then now is a perfect time. Plus, it’s always nice to have that clean mouth feeling.