WHAT IS A DENTAL FILLING? WHAT ARE THEY MADE OF? AND HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED ONE?
STAR dentistry Sydney is here to take the mystery behind dental fillings away!
Dental fillings are used to restore a broken tooth, or to restore the shape/functionality after removal of decay from a tooth. The filling itself is not therapeutic, the removal of decay is, but the filling restores the natural shape of the tooth allowing it to function and preventing the sensitive inside of the tooth being exposed.
If you are suffering with cold or sweet sensitivity, then you may have tooth decay that needs treatment with a filling. If the tooth is throbbing and has pain without stimulus, it is important to call up immediately as this is a dental emergency.
I have silver/black/metal fillings, are they bad?
STAR dentistry is an amalgam (mercury filling) free clinic. Amalgam fillings have been used for many years successfully, but can cause cracking in the teeth and have been linked to systemic health issues.
are white fillings as strong as metal fillings?
White/composite fillings have taken over where amalgam fillings left off, and have improved dramatically over the years. New stronger materials and better techniques mean that studies show composite fillings will last as long, if not longer, than old, traditional metal fillings. STAR dentistry Sydney uses only the best materials and techniques.
where can white fillings be used?
Composite fillings are also used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the colour of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth. They are also used to replace old amalgam fillings and to reduce sensitivity cause from wear on your teeth.
How are composite fillings placed?
Following removal of tooth decay, the tooth is prepared by gentle etching and bonding, followed by a layering technique of the filling material. Each layer is cured (set) using ultraviolet light to ensure a strong and well sealed restoration.
What are the advantages of composite fillings?
Aesthetics and the ability to bond the tooth together are the main advantages of composite fillings. Dentists are able to blend different shades of the filling material together to create a natural result and the composite itself bonds the remaining tooth structure together to create strength, something amalgam cannot do. Take a look at our gallery to see composites in action.
Do fillings hurt?
Not at all, dental anaesthetics are very predictable meaning that you will not feel anything during the procedure. Cold sensitivity can be a common side effect for a few days afterwards, but most patients have no side effects at all.
i have a toothache, does that mean i need a filling?
A tooth ache is normally a symptom of a much more serious problem, if you have constant pain, you may need an extraction or a root canal treatment, please call STAR dentistry on 9518 9803 or alternatively click the button below to book online
can i have porcelain/ceramic fillings?
Absolutely, ceramic is the strongest and longest lasting material that we can use. It not only looks fantastic, it acts and feels like a natural tooth.
Call STAR dentistry on 02 9518 9803 today for more information