In today’s modern dentistry, a filling is now not only a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal function and shape, but is also a cheaper alternative to cosmetically enhancing your smile.
When a filling is placed due to caries, the first step to a healthier mouth is to remove the decayed tooth material from the affected area, clean the area to ensure all bacteria is no longer present, then fill the cleaned out cavity by closing off the spaces where bacteria can re-enter with a filling material to prevent further decay, and the longevity of tooth life.
Filling materials have changed significantly over the years, improving in shelf life, strength and cosmetic appearance. With its changes, come great benefits for patients who are after a change in their smile at a cheaper alternative, giving the patient a choice of composite resins over veneers and crowns.
Materials used for fillings include gold, porcelain, a composite resin (tooth-coloured fillings), and an amalgam (an alloy of mercury, silver, copper, tin and sometimes zinc).
Do you need a filling? Make an appointment with Dr Lydia and our team today. Call (07) 3261 2405 to schedule a consultation at a time that suits you or book online.