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Dental fillings are a standard treatment for cavities caused by decay. They can be made from several different materials to restore the tooth to its original shape and function.

What are fillings made of?

Fillings come in four main materials, including:

  • Composite resin
  • Porcelain
  • Gold
  • Silver amalgam

The type of material used in your case will depend on your budget, the location of the filling, the extent of the damage and your lifestyle.

Inlays vs Onlays

Indirect fillings are used when your tooth is too damaged for a standard filling but not damaged enough to warrant using a crown. Inlays and onlays are indirect fillings made from gold, composite resin or porcelain. The difference is that onlays are more extensive and cover numerous cusps on the teeth, while inlays cover the areas between the cusps.

Indirect fillings are more durable than typical fillings and can be made and fitted during one procedure with our advanced onsite laboratory.

What happens during a filling?

A filling is a straightforward procedure performed by one of our experienced practitioners. We use conscious sedation techniques to ensure a pain-free and comfortable experience for our patients and will provide you with the option beforehand.

We start by numbing the infected tooth area with local anaesthesia. Then, we remove the decay and bacteria from the infected tooth using a drill and laser. Once all the decay and bad tissue are removed, we clean the area and prepare the space for the filling.

Depending on the material used for the filling, you may have a slightly different experience during the filling application. For example, tooth-coloured materials such as composite resin need to be applied in layers and cured, whereas gold or silver can be applied and cured once.

The filling material is then polished and shaped to match your natural teeth.

When do fillings need to be replaced?

Although durable, dental fillings are still prone to damage and daily wear and tear. As a result, your filling may need to be replaced at a later stage, and we’re here to help.

We provide restorations where older fillings have failed, or the decay has returned. These will either be replacement fillings or another treatment that deals with extensive decay.