Dental Fillings: Quick Fix For a Bad Tooth
～Smile with confidence once more, restore your smile with a dental filling～
The art of tooth restoration requires expert and precise care. Dental fillings are essential for treating cavities and maintaining your oral health.
At Supercare Dental & Cosmetics, we combine expertise, modern techniques, and patient-focused care to ensure your dental filling experience is seamless and your smile is brilliantly restored.
What is a tooth filling?
A tooth filling is a dental restoration technique used to treat cavities or minor tooth damage. It involves removing the decayed or damaged part of a tooth and filling the space with a suitable material to restore its function, strength, and appearance.
Tooth fillings not only prevent the progression of tooth decay but also help protect the tooth from further deterioration. At Supercare, our skilled dentists perform this dental procedure to preserve your natural tooth structure and promote overall oral health.
Types of dental fillings
We provide an array of dental filling materials, each with unique advantages and considerations:
Ceramic fillings, often referred to as porcelain fillings, are created from high-quality dental ceramics that closely resemble the colour and appearance of natural teeth. They are durable and resistant to staining and provide a long-lasting solution for cavities and damaged teeth.
Glass ionomer fillings are a mixture of glass or silica powder and acrylic acids, creating a tooth-coloured material. These dental fillings release fluoride, which can help prevent further decay and strengthen the adjacent tooth structure. Glass ionomer fillings are commonly used for patients who may have a higher risk of recurrent decay or for restorations in areas where aesthetics are not the primary concern.
Glass or quartz in resin fillings, also known as glass ionomer or resin-modified glass ionomer fillings, are a blend of acrylic or resin and finely ground glass or quartz particles. They are a suitable choice for children and individuals looking for aesthetic fluoride-releasing options.
Affordable and effective: Our dental filling options
At Supercare Dental and Cosmetics, we offer composite fillings made of glass or quartz in resin, ceramic fillings, and glass ionomer fillings. The patient can choose the type of filling they prefer. We also provide cost-effective measures, such as using your superannuation fund for payment. The entire process is painless and effective at Supercare Dental and Cosmetics.
Which type of tooth filling is best?
The choice of the best type of tooth filling depends on various factors, including the location of the filling, the extent of the cavity, your oral health needs, aesthetic preferences, and budget considerations. Here’s a general guideline to help you make an informed decision:
Ceramic or porcelain fillings are often the best choice for visible teeth due to their ability to closely match the natural colour and appearance of your teeth. They provide a seamless, aesthetically pleasing result.
Amalgam tooth fillings are durable and cost-effective for load-bearing teeth but are more noticeable due to their stark colour. Composite fillings offer a tooth-coloured option for back teeth, blending in with your natural smile.
If you are at a higher risk of decay or need fluoride release to prevent further cavities, glass ionomer fillings are a good option. They release fluoride over time, aiding in strengthening the tooth structure.
For durability, gold and porcelain fillings are strong options. Metal fillings are known for their longevity and compatibility with gum tissues, while porcelain fillings provide both strength and natural aesthetics.
Your personal preference and desire for a filling that blends seamlessly with your natural teeth play a significant role. Composite and ceramic fillings are popular for their ability to match the colour and appearance of your teeth.
Different filling materials come with varying costs. Amalgam tooth fillings are typically more affordable, while ceramic and porcelain fillings may be costlier due to their aesthetics and customization.
Why do you need a dental filling ?
You might need a dental filling for any of several reasons, all of which revolve around preserving your oral health and preventing further complications.
Getting a dental filling is not just about restoring your tooth’s appearance; it’s about preserving your oral health and preventing more extensive treatments like root canals or extractions.
Dental filling costs
The cost of dental fillings can vary depending on many factors, such as the type of filling material used. Here is a breakdown of the average cost of some common types of dental fillings in Australia (in AUD):
- Silver filling : $100-$200
- Composite filling : $200-$300
- Glass ionomer filling : $150-$250
- Porcelain filling : $300-$400
Tooth filling material
When it comes to tooth filling materials, one size certainly doesn’t fit all. At Supercare Dental & Cosmetics, we understand that each patient’s dental needs, preferences, and aesthetics are unique. That’s why we offer a range of tooth filling materials, ensuring you receive a customised solution that aligns perfectly with your oral health goals.
Your Smile, Your Choice
Our dedicated team of dental experts will guide you through the available options, helping you make an informed decision that not only restores your tooth but also enhances your smile’s natural beauty. We will discuss the benefits and considerations based on your dental needs and preferences. Whether you’re aiming for a seamless aesthetic match, enhanced strength, or specific preventive benefits, we are committed to providing you with the best possible solution. At Supercare Dental & Cosmetics, we are here to deliver dental care that’s as individual as you are.
Dental filling procedure at Supercare Dental & Cosmetics
When you come to Supercare for getting fillings, we ensure that the highest quality of care and treatment is administered to you throughout your dental filling procedure.
Our dentists will examine your tooth and discuss your treatment options.
A local anaesthetic will be applied to numb the treatment area.
The decayed or damaged portion of your tooth will be removed.
A special bonding agent may be applied to the tooth.
The filling material will be applied to the tooth in layers.
The filling material will be hardened using a special light.
The filling will be shaped and polished to ensure a comfortable bite.
Our dentists will make sure the filling fits perfectly and looks natural.
You will receive instructions on how to care for your new filling.
Supercare Dental and Cosmetics – Filling the gaps in your dental care experience
Are dental fillings covered by health insurance?
Some insurance companies may provide you insurance aid to cover your dental fillings procedure; however, it depends on the extent and conditions of your health plan. Alternatively, you can opt for early release of your Super fund.
Yes, you can use your Super to pay for your dental fillings if you have a serious medical condition that requires dental treatment, are unable to access dental treatment through the public health system, or experiencing financial hardship and cannot afford dental treatment.
Our team is here to help you understand your coverage, guide you through the process of getting Super, and provide a seamless dental filling experience.
Contact us today to get a dental filling and embark on your journey to a healthier, more vibrant smile.
FAQs- Dental fillings
You might need a tooth filling if you are experiencing tooth pain, sensitivity, visible holes, or if your dentist detects any signs of decay during a check-up. Always consult a dentist for a proper assessment.
Yes, getting dental fillings is generally considered safe during pregnancy. However, it’s best to inform your dentist about your pregnancy and discuss other options. X-rays and certain medications might be avoided, especially during the first trimester.
Dental fillings are usually not painful during the procedure as local anaesthesia is used to numb the area. Some mild discomfort or sensitivity might occur after the anaesthesia wears off, but it’s typically temporary. If you experience persistent pain, please contact us at the earliest.
You can eat as soon as the numbness from the anaesthesia wears off. However, it’s advisable to wait until any sensitivity or discomfort subsides, which is usually a few hours after the filling.
Tooth fillings can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years or more, depending on the material used, oral hygiene practices, and wear and tear. Regular dental check-ups can help monitor and maintain fillings’ longevity.
The time needed for a dental filling depends on the size and location of the cavity. Simple fillings might take around 20-45 minutes. Larger or more complex fillings could take up to an hour or more.
A dental filling turning black could indicate various issues, including staining from foods, drinks, or tobacco. It might also suggest decay or deterioration of the filling material. It’s crucial to have a dentist assess the filling to determine the cause and recommend appropriate action.
Tooth fillings can last for several years, typically ranging from 5 to 15 years or more. The lifespan depends on factors like the filling material used, oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and the location of the filling in your mouth.
Some mild sensitivity or discomfort after a dental filling is common, but it typically subsides within a few days to a week. If the pain persists or worsens, or if you experience severe pain, contact us as it could indicate an issue that needs attention.