Dental Fillings

Dental Fillings (dental restorations)

What is a dental filling?

Dental fillings, also known as dental restorations, are frequently used to fill holes or dental cavities in the teeth. Dental fillings are often called restorations as they are designed to restore the function and aesthetics of your teeth in your mouth. Several materials can be used for dental restorations. An MC Dental dentist can assist in finding a suitable option for you. Common dental restorations include front tooth dental fillings, temporary dental fillings, fractured or chipped dental fillings, and dental fillings for children.

What are the different types of dental restorations?

There are several types of dental restorations.

Dental restorations can be made of composite resin (white fillings), amalgam (silver/mercury fillings), porcelain, and gold. Each type of dental restoration/filling has its purpose in dentistry, and it is best to discuss which type of restoration is best for your specific situation.

Composite resin teeth restorations are very common as they offer a robust, cost-effective, aesthetic, and same-day solution for many dental issues. Amalgam restorations also provide a strong dental restoration, however, are silver/grey in appearance and as such, do not look aesthetic in your mouth.

Other types of dental restorations include porcelain and gold restorations. These options are stronger than composite resin and amalgam, which often used in many situations as they can offer a better long term prognosis to some teeth.

As each person has a unique set of teeth, it is advisable to discuss what type of dental filling is best suited to your situation.

To book a dental restoration consultation with an experienced dentist, please call MC Dental on 03 8608 8968 or book online.

How are dental restorations done?

During the initial consultation, your dentist will discuss your options. X-rays may be required at this stage. Your dentist will give you a rough indication of how long the dental restoration will take so you can prepare for the procedure at your next visit. 

During a dental restoration procedure, you should allow at least one hour in surgery. Before filling cavities, your dentist will give you an anaesthetic to reduce discomfort during the process. Next, your dentist will remove the decay in the tooth and replace it with a dental filling. Your mouth may remain numb for a few more hours. There are not any major risks associated with dental restorations. However, we recommend that you contact MC Dental if you experience any discomfort post-surgery. 

Anthony Nguyen
Dental fillings with Dr Anthony Nguyen

Dr Anthony Nguyen answers your dental fillings FAQ below. Dr Anthony Nguyen is located at our MC Dental Westfield Doncaster location

Dental fillings may be necessary for situations such as a broken or chipped tooth. A dental filling cost (also known as a direct restoration cost) is calculated based on the size of the dental filling. On your itemised invoice you may notice it classified as x amount surface adhesive restoration. The reason for this is each cavity is a different size, and different considerations need to taken into account to engineer a customised filling/restoration for you. Hence the cost of a dental tooth filling will vary in price. 

Yes, our dental payment plans cover dental restorations. Through Zip, we offer affordable tooth replacement options. 

For more information about Zip payment plans, please visit here. 

Teeth fillings offer a fast, conservative and convenient solution for some dental issues such as cavities, teeth wear and dental cosmetics. Whilst they are an excellent and versatile option, they are not the only option, and it is best to discuss with an oral health professional to discuss all options available to you. 

If your dental filling comes loose or falls out, please seek assistance from your dental professional ASAP. If left untreated, it can cause a variety of different dental issues such as food packing and a further eruption of the opposing tooth that can result in more significant problems which are often more difficult and expensive to solve. 

If your dental restoration comes loose or falls out, please seek assistance from your dental professional ASAP. If left untreated, it can cause a variety of different dental issues such as food packing and a further eruption of the opposing tooth that can result in more significant problems which are often more difficult and expensive to solve. 

Dental restoration procedures are generally relatively quick, but the length of procedure typically is dependent on the size of filling. In general, dental fillings can take anywhere between 10 minutes to 1 hour.

Yes, we can offer temporary dental fillings for a broken or chipped tooth. Temporary dental fillings are often reserved for specific scenarios, such as emergency treatment, or as part of a larger treatment plan with the view to replace the filling in the near future. It is best to discuss your concerns with your dental professional. A tailored treatment plan can be made for your needs and circumstances.

When dental fillings are given, most of the time, local anaesthesia will be given to provide the most comfortable experience for you. However, in some cases, local anaesthesia may not be required as the dental filling is small. Dentists understand the fear of pain from a dental procedure so will do everything in their power to make the procedure as gentle and pain-free as possible. 

Yes, unfortunately. Whatever has caused it to deteriorate (be it tooth decay, cracks from grinding, or wear) is highly likely to cause deterioration of dental fillings. However, with good care and regular monitoring, then you can maximise the lifespan of your dental filling. 

The lifespan of a dental restoration depends on a large variety of factors. In general, smaller dental fillings can last anywhere up to 10 years (possibly longer if well cared for and maintained).  However, some other dental fillings may only serve for several years, as other factors aren’t conducive to its longevity. Your dental professional should be able to give you a more accurate idea of prognosis of your dental filling. 

Children can get dental fillings. Maintaining oral health with children is very important. It is often a misconception that children do not need dental fillings as their baby teeth are going to fall out anyway. Baby teeth are just as important as adult teeth. If baby teeth fall out too early children can struggle with eating, which then leads to nutrition issues and crowding, that may require orthodontic treatment in the future. 

MC Dental is still open during COVID-19 and can assist you with a dental restoration. We have three locations in Melbourne; Westfield Doncaster, Melbourne Central and Docklands. 

Apart from conventional fillings, your dentist may decide alternatives such as crowns (also referred to as teeth caps) or onlays (in essence a ½ or ¾ crown) fabricated out of porcelain or gold. They offer different characteristics that could be better for your current dental condition. 

MC Dental will remain open during COVID-19. If you need a dental restoration, we encourage you to book a consultation with one of our dentists at our Doncaster, Docklands or Melbourne Central clinic.