Fillings are placed to restore teeth to function and appearance after trauma, caries removal or tooth wear. Fillings can be separated into two categories – silver coloured or tooth coloured; however, we no longer place silver coloured fillings at our clinic.
Fillings are most often carried out as part of the restorative process for caries treatment. They are intended to bring your tooth to function, look good, and prevent the decayed lesion from growing.
They can also be used to restore defects in teeth caused by trauma, or tooth wear. Again this usually has several benefits – relief from pain, restoring function and aesthetics.
Tooth-coloured material science is improving all the time, our composite filling materials have the same if not better strength than the old silver coloured fillings, and have the advantage of bonding to and supporting the existing tooth structure.
Our professional team of dentists will discuss all the pros, cons and costs of your treatment needs. If fillings are required, they will usually be under local anaesthetic. This is numbing for just the tooth or area in question. Our clinic always applies a surface numbing gel before giving the local anaesthetic injection to give almost pain free analgesia.
If you have any concerns regarding analgesia, please do let us know so that we can make the experience as anxiety free as possible.
Our dentist will then prepare your tooth for the filling. This means removing any decay or debris with dental drills and hand instruments. You won’t feel any pain, but you may be aware of vibration from the drills.
Tooth coloured fillings take a few stages and require a clean and dry tooth. The dentist will apply an etching gel, which is washed off after a waiting period, then a bond layer is applied and ‘set’ with the light-curing machine. Lastly the filling is placed in layers, and set along the way. It is then polished and the bite is checked. It is ready to use right away, however it is always advisable to wait until your numbing wears off before eating or drinking.
The cost of this treatment will depend on many factors like complexity and size. The fee range for a tooth coloured filling is $80.25-$171.20. We always encourage you to meet with our dentist for a consultation, and discussion of your particular needs and treatment costs.
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General Dentistry Services
This is a critical part of the dental appointment. At your first visit, and at subsequent check-ups, the dentist will carry out a thorough check of not just your oral health, but also the health of the peri-oral tissues.
Fillings are placed to restore teeth to function and appearance after trauma, caries removal or tooth wear. Fillings can be separated into two categories – silver coloured or tooth coloured. However we no longer place silver coloured fillings at our clinic.
Also known as non-surgical periodontal treatment or gum treatment, this is the treatment for people with periodontal or gum disease. When you attend your regular check-up, our dentist will always check your gum health.
This is the regular maintenance treatment that is normally sufficient for most people to maintain oral health. In addition to the dental check-up it involves scaling & polishing, fluoride treatment, and sometimes special tests depending on your specific needs.
Root Canal Treatments
When the nerve of a tooth dies, or becomes infected, you may experience pain and swelling. This can cause a severe toothache in extreme cases. Root canal treatment allows us to remove the infected or necrotic nerve while saving the tooth.
Extraction is the treatment to take a tooth out under local anaesthetic. It is usually done because a tooth can no longer be restored, is too mobile, or for orthodontic treatment.