At Sleep Dentistry Melbourne, we can restore decaying teeth back to their original shape and function simply by removing the decayed tooth structure and replacing it with a filling. Find out more about tooth decay and the type of fillings we offer.
What is a tooth or dental filling?
Cavities are essentially holes in the teeth, and anyone can develop them, including babies. They are commonly caused by:
- Tooth decay, resulting from a build-up of plaque and bacteria
- Tooth fractures, caused by accident or trauma
- Acid erosion
- A previous filling that has been lost/broken
- Abrasion caused by teeth grinding/clenching or a heavy bite
- Enamel loss due to wear and tear
A tooth or dental filling is a very effective way of repairing a cavity. It can also be used to fix cracked or chipped teeth.
What happens when I get a filling?
Filling a tooth involves the removal of the decayed or damaged portion of the tooth. This space is then filled with a strong, durable material that restores structure and guards the tooth against additional damage.
How do I know if I need a tooth filling?
When a cavity first appears on your tooth, you might not even notice it’s there. That’s because cavities can often appear without any pain or other symptoms. If left untreated, however, cavities can grow very large and can even cause nerve damage or tooth fractures. It’s best to get any cavity seen to right away, regardless of size or whether it is currently causing pain or sensitivity. However, here are some sure signs that your cavity needs a filling:
- You’ve developed a toothache.
- You’ve noticed uneven tooth surface.
- You’re in pain when you bite or chew.
- You notice a dark shadow or discoloured area on your tooth.
- Your teeth have increased sensitivity to cold, heat or sweet foods or drinks.
Why should I get a tooth filling?
Leaving a cavity can have long-term implications, both for the tooth in question and your overall dental health. Here are some other reasons why you might want to consider correcting your cavity with a professional dental filling:
- Tooth fillings close off the spaces where bacteria can enter a cavity, helping to prevent infection and further decay.
- A filling restores the functionality of the tooth.
- Fillings are a long-term solution – some can last upwards of 20 years.
- The modern composite resin fillings we use at Sleep Dentistry Melbourne are made to blend in perfectly with the rest of your teeth, restoring the aesthetics of the missing tooth structure.
- Our CERC porcelain fillings will strengthen tooth structure, preventing further erosion.
What type of filling can I get at Sleep Dentistry Melbourne?
At Sleep Dentistry Melbourne, we use two types of fillings: composite resin fillings and CERC single-visit porcelain fillings. Your dentist can talk you through the advantages and disadvantages of each and help you decide which filling is right for you.
Composite resin fillings
Composite resin fillings are sometimes called ‘white fillings’ because they can be matched closely to the colour of your individual teeth. They look incredibly natural, so they’re a great option if your filling is visible when you smile, talk or laugh.
These fillings are made from resin and are a cost-effective option. However, composite resin fillings can’t withstand heavy pressure. Consequently, they are more prone to fractures and cracks. This means they generally don’t last as long as CEREC porcelain fillings.
CERC single-visit porcelain fillings
CERC porcelain fillings are also known as ceramic fillings, inlays, on lays or CEREC restorations. They typically need just one visit to the Sleep Dentistry clinic and are ideal for patients that require the restoration of a large amount of tooth structure (if you have large areas of decay or have had several teeth broken in an accident, for example).
Our high-quality porcelain filings are strong and durable. This enables them to retain a natural tooth structure and makes them great for strengthening any weakened teeth. They are a metal-free, biocompatible option. And, like composite resin fillings, CEREC porcelain fillings can be made to closely match the colour of your natural teeth.
To find out more about filling a cavity or to learn more about the different tooth fillings we offer, give us a call on 1300 255 600.