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A filling is a plug of material used to fill a tooth cavity caused by dental decay.

Q What kind of filling materials are available?

  • Composite

    Composite is a highly aesthetic tooth coloured material. Composite fillings are often called 'White fillings'. They are made of a synthetic resin material. A shade is chosen to match the colour of your teeth. These are cosmetic fillings and do not show when you smile. Composite fillings are not recommended for patients with a high decay rate, as they will fail. The decay will spread under the composite and the tooth will require another filling or at worst a root filling.
  • Glass Ionomer
    Glass Ionomer is a fluoride releasing filling material. It can be white or pale silver. This material bonds directly to the tooth requiring less preparation. For the white fillings a shade is chosen to best match your tooth but they can appear somewhat opaque. This filling material is usually used for:

    a) Patients with a high tooth decay rate. The fluoride acts as a treatment to strengthen the tooth and prevent further decay.

    b) To build up a tooth before preparing it for a crown.

    c) For teeth that are difficult to isolate from moisture, as an alternative to a composite tooth coloured filling

    d) Children's teeth where the fluoride in the Glass Ionomer will act as a treatment while the filling restores the tooth.
  • Amalgam
    Amalgam is a silver coloured filling material which is normally used on the back teeth. Amalgam has been around for over a century, it is a long lasting material and inexpensive.


Q Are there any risks from amalgam fillings?
Once combined with the other materials, Mercury in the amalgam filling is not poisonous. Research so far shows that no reputable controlled studies have found that amalgam fillings cause any medical problems.

Your dentist will advise you which filling material is best for your tooth,you may be given a choice between several of the above materials.


Q What does having a filling involve?

Depending on the depth of the filling and the condition of the tooth, you may be required to have a local anesthetic (injection) for the procedure, this will minimise any discomfort. Initially, the old filling or decay will be removed from the tooth using dental instruments.

If the filling is large the Dentist may have to place a small band around the tooth which acts as a retentive wall. Once the filling has been placed the band is then removed.

If you are having a white filling (tooth coloured) it may be necessary to place a rubber shield around the tooth during the procedure; this will keep the tooth dry, allowing the filling material to bond to the tooth.

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Monday 8.00am – 4.30pm
Tuesday 8.00am – 6.00pm
Wednesday 8.00am – 6.00pm
Thursday 8.00am – 4.00pm
Friday 8.00am – 2.00pm
These times may vary

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