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Dental Fillings

Dentist pointing to xrayOur office uses tooth-coloured, mercury-free composite fillings to repair areas of dental decay. Each restoration is carefully matched to the shade of your natural tooth, so that it blends in with your overall smile.

White restorations aren’t just more aesthetic than metal ones, they’re also less invasive to your tooth structure.

Symptoms of Decay

Tooth decay occurs when acids and bacteria destroy the outer layers of your enamel. When erosion reaches a certain stage, a cavity forms, which leaves an opening for additional bacteria and food debris to accumulate.

Left untreated, cavities will gradually expand deeper into the tooth structure, nerve tissues and even the adjacent teeth. Carious lesions should be treated earlier before symptoms become more evident or uncomfortable.

Although not all cavities are painful, discomfort is normal (especially when you’re eating). Other symptoms of decay can include

  • Discolouration on your tooth
  • Food stuck between teeth
  • Sensitivity when you eat or drink
  • Rough edges you can feel with your tongue
  • Broken or chipped-off enamel

To diagnose decay, we’ll need to take an X-ray of the tooth to see deeper into the overall structure. If the lesion extends into the nerve or takes up a large portion of the tooth, a filling may not be adequate.

The sooner tooth decay is diagnosed, the less opportunity it has to damage your smile. Smaller cavities can easily be repaired with minimally-invasive restorative techniques. As a result, tooth integrity is protected and the cost of your treatment is minimal.

Demineralisation is the earliest stage of tooth decay before a cavity ruptures through the outer layer of enamel. By seeing our patients on a routine basis, weak areas such as this can be intercepted before a larger lesion has the opportunity to develop. Applying fluoride to demineralised surfaces can essentially stop the decay process and reverse it before structural damage occurs.

Typically getting a dental filling is a pain-free procedure. For small cavities, there’s usually no need to numb the tooth or only a small amount of local anaesthetic is necessary. We clean out the decay and then place a resin composite into the opening to restore your tooth’s original shape.

Fillings are a single-visit procedure and can be completed the same day if necessary. As soon as your appointment is complete you can go back to eating and drinking whatever you want. If anaesthetic was used, you’ll want to wait a few hours for the numbing medication to wear off.

A filling can be placed in about 45 minutes. If, for any reason, you feel nervous, please let us know. Additional measures such as laughing gas can be used to ensure you feel as comfortable as possible.

It’s important to thoroughly brush and floss your teeth each day to prevent bacterial buildup around your new filling. When maintained properly, a filling can last anywhere between 10-40 years.

By scheduling routine checkups, we can evaluate the integrity of your filling and stay ahead of any leakage or wear. That way, the restoration can be promptly replaced before there are any secondary problems.

Gentle Dental Fillings

Are you noticing the signs of tooth decay? Contact us for same-day dental fillings Gosnells.

Any invasive or surgical procedure may carry risks. Before moving forward, it is recommended that you seek a second opinion from an appropriately licensed medical professional.

Dental Fillings Gosnells WA | (08) 9490-8777