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Fillings at Dental Circle

Patient getting dental work doneBy the time you reach adulthood, there’s a good chance that you’ve received at least one filling in a tooth due to decay. Many adults have an entire mouth full of silver (amalgam) fillings.

Today’s fillings are different. You no longer have to have a “metal mouth.” We offer more aesthetically pleasing composite tooth-coloured fillings. Want to replace your current silver fillings with composite ones? We can do that.

Why Do I Need a Filling?

Fillings are used when you have a cavity that starts with a bacterial process. Decay can occur on the top of your teeth or between two teeth. We recommend a filling if it’s suitable at that stage. We remove the decay in the tooth structure that’s been damaged by the bacterial process.

We will clean the area and use tooth-coloured filling material to be able to contour and shape and fill that area in. It’s a simple process.

Will I need to be numbed during the procedure?

When the filling has gone deep into the tooth you need numbing. We use a topical anaesthesia before we put a local anesthetic in. If we require more local anaesthesia it may take an hour or two for the numbness to subside.
Will I have sensitivity after getting a filling?

Tooth-coloured fillings tend to be sensitive for a few days after. But that will usually dissipate and sensitivity will go away.
Can a cavity filling last for a lifetime?

There is no dental filling, regardless of its durability, that can last forever. In time, the materials used to fabricate the filling will weaken and deteriorate, which means they’ll need to be replaced. If you take care of your teeth by brushing and flossing each day you can help to extend the life of your filling.
Can I eat after getting a filling?

Yes, but we recommend that you wait at least a few hours to allow the anaesthetic to wear off. You also should avoid certain foods including ones that are crunchy. Softer foods that won’t damage your new filling is recommended.
Can I floss if I have one or more fillings?

Yes, you still can floss. Initially, it might feel somewhat strange or you have sensitivity around the affected teeth. Flossing is a critical part of your daily oral hygiene routine.

Book an Appointment

If you have a cavity, it’s important to seek care right away. Contact Dental Circle today to schedule an appointment!

Fillings in Bassendean WA | (08) 9379 3818