Tooth Fillings

Decay may or may not cause discomfort; even though it doesn’t hurt, the tooth maybe deteriorating.

Today’s modern white filling materials strengthen teeth unlike the mercury amalgam fillings of years past. The tooth coloured fillings, are bonded to your teeth and are much more natural looking and comfortable than their metal counterparts. Smile again with confidence. For all filling enquiries contact Tooth Crusader today.

Frequently asked questions by our patients:

What is a filling?
A filling is a material that is used to restore your tooth that has been disfigured by, decay or accidental damage.

Can all teeth with holes or fractures be filled?
Most teeth with small to moderate decay or fractures are easily restored to function with fillings. Where decay is extensive or fractures are large, more complex treatment may be required. Some teeth can be so badly broken down or fractured that they are unable to be saved. Before we get to this stage we will explain everything about what can be done to save your tooth.

Can fillings be repaired rather than replaced?
Some fillings can be repaired when they fracture, or the tooth around them fractures, but only if there is no tooth decay present.

How are fillings done?
Tooth preparation, prior to filling placement, is usually done with local anaesthesia (making the tooth numb). Once all the decay is removed and the tooth is washed and dried, the filling is packed into the cavity and it sets. After the filling is placed, it is shaped to match your original tooth contour and we check your bite to make sure everything is comfortable.

How do I know if I need fillings?
You may not know if you need fillings in your teeth. Many small to medium holes in teeth give no pain. In fact, decay can sometimes eat out two-thirds of the tooth from the inside and you would have no idea it is happening. Dental X-rays which are taken on a regular basis as part of your check-up, may show early decay that has not yet given any symptoms. You may be able to see a change in the colour on some of your teeth which may indicate early decay. If your teeth are sensitive to hot, cold, or sweet food and drink, you may need fillings. All persistently sensitive teeth should be checked. Toothache that lasts for more than a few minutes at a time should be investigated. Teeth that cause severe pain may require fillings, or in some cases will require more extensive treatment such as root canal treatment.

How long do fillings last?
The position, shape, material, and pressure, all influence how long dental fillings will last. Larger fillings that bear a heavy load tend to break down more quickly than smaller fillings. This is why it is very difficult to say how long fillings should last. However, when placing a filling, we may have an idea of the expectation of the life of the filling and will discuss this with you. For example, a very small filling in the groove of a tooth away from biting pressure could be there for decades whereas a very large one in the mouth of a person who grinds their teeth may be lucky to last a few years and really should have a crown. Through regular checkups, we constantly monitoring the state of your fillings, looking for signs of weakness, cracking, decay or discolouration.

Is it possible to avoid fillings?
With proper attention to diet, oral self-care, regular dental check-ups, and the correct use of mouthguards to prevent injury, the need for fillings can be eliminated, and the frequency of filling re-placement can be extended.

Should baby teeth have fillings?
Yes, baby teeth should be filled to prevent toothaches, to maintain the baby teeth for eating, and to hold the right amount of space for the adult teeth. If the baby teeth (milk teeth) of your little one is going to be fall out soon, then it is not always necessary to fill the teeth, but we would discuss this with you.

What are fillings made out of?
Dental composite (tooth coloured fillings or white fillings) consist of a resin matrix with filler particles. The resin is the liquid component that hardens with time by chemical reaction. The filler particles are made from solid substances such as glass or pieces of set resin.