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Fillings are used to “fill” holes in your teeth which are caused by tooth decay, poor oral hygiene, or an unhealthy lifestyle. There are many different types of filling available depending on the cavity at hand.

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Dr Alistair Graham | Mona Vale Dental

Dr Alistair Graham is one of the few dentists who can fix most of your dental problems, since he’s qualified to provide both surgical and restorative treatments. He completed his Graduate Diploma in Clinical Dentistry (Oral Implants) at Sydney University. He also studied in the UK, Australia and Switzerland to delve further into this field.

Dr Graham is widely recognised for his extensive experience in all stages of dental treatments, including dental fillings. As a result, we can give you clarity about the entire treatment plan, putting you in control of the outcome. This gives you peace of mind that your treatment is being completed in one place, with someone who understands the big picture.

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What are fillings?

Fillings are put into cavities in your teeth, helping to prevent pain/discomfort and further tooth decay from occurring.

At Mona Vale Dental we prefer not to have to fill teeth if we don’t have to – the best filling material is natural tooth! However, bacteria can cause decay in our teeth and this means that at times we may have to do a filling.

We use tooth-coloured fillings called Composite Resin that are both tough and good-looking. We try to remove as little natural tooth as possible during the process, and retain as much of your natural tooth, and select the shade of filling that best suits the natural shade of your tooth. This way we make sure that the filling blends into the rest of your mouth.

How do I know if I need fillings?

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If you are caused physical discomfort or self-consciousness due to a large cavity in your teeth, then you most likely require a filling.

Fillings can allow you to eat and drink without feeling pain in your cavity-stricken tooth, and they can also allow you to feel more confident when you smile!


How do fillings work?

Fortunately, fillings are usually simple enough to rectify – if the problem is identified and diagnosed at an early enough stage. Your dentist will examine your mouth and, if necessary, use specialist tools and/or X-ray equipment to locate the source of the issue. Here’s how it works:

1. First, the dentist will numb your tooth if required (as well as the surrounding teeth and gums) with a local anaesthetic, meaning that you won’t feel any pain during the procedure.


2. Next, the dentist will use a drill to clean away any decay in the cavity, removing bacteria in the process. This helps to stop the decay process from getting worse.


3. Finally, the dentist fits the filling into the clean cavity. The exact method for this varies depending on the type of filling you are receiving.


If you feel you have tooth decay and require fillings, you need to consult a dentist you can trust.
For more information, please give Mona Vale Dental a call today on (02) 9997 1100.

Tooth Fillings FAQ’s

Are fillings painful?2019-02-01T16:14:39+10:00

Normally, your tooth will be sensitive to heat and cold for about 2 days after the filling. Some people don’t notice any pain, and for those that do the pain is normally very mild. You should feel no pain and be back to normal in three days.

How Long Do Fillings Last?2019-02-01T16:12:39+10:00

With regular care and maintenance, a typical filling will last 5-10 years before it needs to be replaced.

What Are Fillings Made From?2019-02-01T16:11:54+10:00

Fillings come in a wide variety of material: amalgam silver & tooth-colored composites, are most common.

If you have any other questions that are not covered here, please feel free to contact our friendly team who will be more than happy to help you.

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