What is a Dental Filling?

Dental fillings help to repair a damaged tooth, halt the decay progress, restore teeth function and restore appearance. The removal of bacteria and restoration of the affected tooth regions then ensures prevention of further deterioration of the tooth structure.

The materials such as composite resin, glass ionomer, porcelain or gold tooth fillers are used to treat a broken or decayed tooth and restore the tooth structure.

Four common teeth situations that we treat at our clinic and need a dental filling treatment:

1. Fracture or Chipped Tooth

2. Decayed Tooth

3. Broken Filling

4. Discoloured Filling

The Dental Filling Procedure

The dental filling procedure will be expected to take around an hour or more depending on the treatment complexity. This gives the dentists time to take explain the procedure, take x-rays as required and complete the dental filling work.

The area around the affected tooth may be numbed up with the use of topical anesthetic agent and followed with local anesthetic. The reason this may be completed is so there is less discomfort during the dental filling procedure.

The next process is the debris removal of the damaged or decayed tooth. This is completed with a diamond or tungsten handpiece instrument used by the professional dentists. Before the dental filling material can be placed various cleaning medicaments are used for irrigation. Once the filling has been shaped and contoured, the tooth margins are checked and final polish of dental filling is completed.

How much do Dental Fillings cost?

Dental fillings can vary in costs due to the depth and extent of tooth structure restoration necessary. 

How much will the Private Health Fund pay for dental fillings?

Our clinic partners with HICAPS which can assist with major healthcare insurances on site quotation and claiming. The private health fund benefits receivable will depend on your chosen dental extras coverage. For further details, please check your private health funds dental policy.

How to take care of Dental Fillings after treatment?

After the dental filling treatment, it is important if the area had local anaesthetics administered to avoid eating in the area until the anaesthetics has worn off. Following this advice can help to prevent risk of biting the tongue, lip and inner cheek soft tissues. It is also recommended to take care when drinking hot or ice-cold beverages as local anaesthetics can decrease our ability to gauge the temperature of liquid consumptions.

Unless otherwise advised by your professional dentists it is best to avoid hard, sticky or chewy foods after the dental filling procedure for up to two weeks. It is generally normal to experience some post-operative tooth sensitivity during this time.

Remember to avoid smoking and tobacco use for twelve hours after your dental filling as these can irritate the dental filling and increase oral infection risks. For you to maintain overall healthy dental fillings and reduce tooth decay development, it is essential to eat a well-nourished diet paired with good brushing, flossing and regular 6-monthly dental check-ups.

A dental filling consultation with our professional dentists will help you to understand the teeth situation, pain management, filling cost and materials to match your tooth colour.

Please contact us if you have any questions or book an appointment online.