• Cosmetic Dentistry Melbourne

    Minimal Intervention Dentistry

    Dentistry has changed over the decades and here at Toothpals Dental Care, we aim to fix and restore your teeth with minimal removal of your tooth. Obviously, we need to remove any decayed or diseased tooth, but we retain as much as your tooth as possible.

  • Cosmetic Dentistry Melbourne

    Aesthetic restoration of teeth

    Teeth should be restored to match the original shape and contours of teeth.

    With improvement in technology, dental filling materials are stronger and more aesthetic than ever.

    Our patients are often pleased that we can save their tooth that they thought needed extracting.

  • Cosmetic Dentistry Melbourne

    Hidden cavities

    Dental bite wing radiographs are often taken during check ups to detect cavities not visible to the naked eye.

    The top right tooth in this radiograph demonstrates a large cavity that was not detectable without the radiograph.

When do I need a filling?

Fillings in teeth are required for a number of reasons, including:

  • Cavity in tooth
  • Chipped or broken fragment
  • To protect/cover areas that have been eroded or brushed away
  • Elective reshaping of tooth

shutterstock_154168100     Large cavity restored with a resin composite filling

Fillings are great for restoring teeth will small to moderate sized cavities. If a larger restoration is required, a crown may be advised for greater strength and longevity. We do sometimes place larger fillings in teeth at the patient’s request but we find that they are susceptible to fracture, can collect food around them and are difficult to shape correctly.

It is important to have regular check ups to help prevent and minimise the size of cavities in teeth.

How will my tooth be filled?

Once your dentist has diagnosed that you require a filling, the tooth first requires preparation so that it can retain the filling to be placed. This is usually done with a small amount of local anaesthetic but sometimes can be performed without. Once the tooth is prepared, the dentist will choose the appropriate filling material and rebuild the tooth to the correct shape. The tooth will be polished so it is left nice and smooth.

 What material will my tooth be filled with?

We use a number of types of dental filling materials including highly aesthetic composite resin that mimics the shade and translucency of our natural teeth.

shutterstock_154168115     Multiple front teeth restored with composite resin

Some of our restorative materials contain fluoride that is preventative and protects against further decay whilst others are sedative and calm down a painful or irritated tooth. Occasionally we still use dental amalgam for it’s strength properties and ability to use it successfully in situations where a white filling will not adhere properly. Rest assured, all our restorative materials are 100% safe to use.

Your dentist will choose the best filling material for your tooth for optimum aesthetics and maximum longevity. Please discuss with your dentist if you have any concerns or preference of materials.