Suffering From a Sore or Aching Tooth?
Fractured and decayed teeth remain a problem for many children and adults. If not treated on time, it can lead to more serious dental health problems.
If you are experiencing pain or are concerned that you may have cavities in your teeth, you might need dental fillings to help restore your teeth and relieve the pain associated with cavities.
We Can Help
Here at GC Dental Solutions, we offer tooth coloured composite restorations, ceramic and gold restorations to restore your sore toot back to health.
Our dentists work hard to provide you with a pleasant, comfortable experience each time you visit our office.
Please call 07 5573 1368 or contact us online for a consultation.
What are Dental Fillings?
Dental fillings are artificial materials used to fill in the holes or gaps in the enamel of decayed or damaged teeth. It repairs the damage and stops any more bacteria from entering the tooth.
Dental fillings can be made of different materials which differ in cost, appearance, durability, and how long they usually last. Typically, your dentist will advise you which is suitable for you based on several factors, including the cavity's size and location.
Different Types of Fillings
This type of fillings is a popular choice because of its natural-looking. It is made up of acrylic resin and finely ground, glasslike particles. The finished result is strong enough and is coloured to match your natural teeth. However, these fillings don't last as long as other types as they are more prone to wear over time.
Amalgam is a mix of silver, copper, tin, and mercury that creates a well-built filling material. It is low-priced than other materials yet durable and highly resistant to wear. It is recommended for restoring teeth that are out of sight due to their dark colour.
Gold is considered the best filling material, but it is often the most expensive option. The cost is generally higher than a silver amalgam. The colour doesn't match your natural teeth, but they are long-lasting and durable. Gold fillings work well with gum tissues, and they can last more than 20 years if taken care of.
This type of fillings is also a popular choice due to their stain resistance and ability to match the natural tooth's colour. It is used to make onlays and inlays.
Dental Fillings Procedure
The dental filling procedure is fast and simple. Each filling takes about 15 minutes, depending on how long it takes for your anaesthesia to occur.
Your dentist will numb the gums around the affected tooth using local anaesthetic injection before inspecting the affected tooth. The filling is then determined based on the amount of tooth decay or damage.
If you have tooth decay, the affected areas of your teeth will be removed.
After cleaning, the filling material will be inserted where the affected area is, and the original shape of your tooth will be restored. You will then undergo a quick bite test to see if the filling feels comfortable.
Aftercare & What to Expect
After your dental filling procedure, do not eat or drink for one to three hours or until the anaesthesia has worn off. The affected tooth might feel sensitive when you eat something sweet or bite your teeth together after a few days. If the pain continues, see your dentist immediately.
How Long Will It Last?
The average lifespan of your dental filling is about 12 years. The filler may crack, break or even fall out sometimes. However, with regular oral hygiene, the life of a filling is substantial.
Cost of Dental Fillings
The cost of dental fillings can be influenced by several factors, such as the material of the filling, the location of the affected tooth, and the number of tooth surfaces that need filling. In Australia, the cost of dental fillings ranges between $100 to $300. A simple filling cost up to $200 and a more complex filling can cost up to $320, according to the national Australian dental fee survey.
Benefits & Risks
The main advantage of dental fillings is the simple and fast procedure. They are durable, long-lasting, and the treatment is typically covered by dental insurance.Tooth-coloured filling restorations also produce a natural appearance.
However, some patients may be allergic to the filling material and may develop itching and rashes. The insertion of the filling can also cause damage to the nerves within the tooth, and there is a risk of infection at the injection or filling position.
Book An Appointment
We offer tooth coloured composite restorations, ceramic and gold restorations to restore your tooth to health. Our dentists work hard to provide you with a pleasant, comfortable experience each time you visit our office.
We are located in Helensvale, and also offer a range of dental treatments to suit your needs. Please call 07 5573 1368 or contact us online for a consultation.