Fillings

Dental Fillings, Melbourne

Sometimes teeth become decayed, which compromises the tooth’s structure and leaves visible damage. If left untreated, the decay can worsen and create larger holes in the tooth – and this can become painful. If you’re experiencing oral pain or have noticed that something isn’t right with your teeth, it’s important to make a visit to the dentist, as you may require a filling.

Tooth fillings are used to fill holes, gaps or cavities around the mouth. There are multiple types of materials that can be used for fillings, and your dentist will be able to select the best one based on your unique circumstances. For example, if a tooth has a cavity or if an old filling requires replacement due to deterioration, it can often be replaced with a composite resin material which is suitable for small to medium sized fillings.

The dentists at Brunswick East Dental Studio will examine your mouth and provide the best solution to return the tooth structure back to health.

Progression of Decay

Recurrent Decay Around A Filling

Composite Fillings

What causes tooth decay?

There are multiple reasons you may experience cavities or tooth decay; while some are due to lifestyle and habits, some cannot be helped. Some common causes of tooth decay include:

  • Poor oral hygiene – neglecting to thoroughly brush and floss the teeth can allow plaque to build up. The acid found in plaque then attacks the tooth enamel which can lead to holes in the teeth.
  • Eating and drinking – it can be difficult to remove all carbohydrates found in food and drink, even after we brush our teeth. These carbohydrates become trapped between teeth and lead to decay. Try to remember to brush your teeth after consuming sugary food and drinks to reduce the impact.
  • Bacteria – bacteria naturally live in the mouth, forming acid and potentially leading to cavities.
  • Medical problems – you may suffer from medical problems that have an impact on your oral health. Let your dentist know about any health conditions you have, even if they seem unrelated to your teeth.

What types of fillings are available?

It’s always best to treat decayed or broken teeth early on. If the situation worsens and a large amount of tooth structure has been removed, you may need porcelain onlays or crowns to fix the problem. 

One of the most common types of fillings are composite fillings, which are made from a soft, malleable resin that looks like your natural teeth. Composite fillings are durable and long-lasting, and match the colour of your teeth for a subtle blend.

Fillings help to restore the structure of your teeth and can help ease pain. If you’re experiencing oral pain, visit us for toothache treatment in our Melbourne clinic.

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We welcome patients from Northcote, Fitzroy North, Carlton North, Clifton Hill, Coburg and other nearby suburbs. To book an appointment, simply call reception on (03) 9380 1204 and we’ll get you booked in at the next convenient time.

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