Painless & Affordable Dental Fillings in Mandurah
Once decay has taken hold in a tooth, it will continue to damage more and more of the tooth, becoming more painful until treated by your local Mandurah dentist.
One of the most common forms of restoration is tooth filling. Made from various materials, fillings can be an effective way of stopping decay in its tracks and get your smile back on the right track.
A dental filling can help stabilize the tooth and protect it from further damage. Peel Dental Studio offers a full range of dental filling options to meet your needs and cosmetic goals.
We use high-quality, composite resin fillings to repair decayed or damaged teeth.
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Most Common Types Of Dental Fillings
Composite Fillings – One of the most popular options for a dental filling. This option is natural-looking and is made of resin. Composite resin is soft and malleable, so it can be shaped to fit the decay. Blue light is then used on the composite to harden it. The finished result is very durable and is coloured to match natural teeth.
Amalgam Fillings – Amalgam has been used for more than 150 years. It is a mixture of metals, including silver, copper, tin, mercury and zinc, and solid filling material. Although mercury exposure can be toxic, amalgam is safe and effective to use for most people.
The Australian Dental Association continues to support the use of amalgam fillings. However, they suggest minimising their use in pregnant or breastfeeding women, by children and people with kidney disease.
Why Choose Peel Dental Studio As Your Mandurah Dentist
Peel Dental Studio, a family friendly dentist, is one of the most reputable dental clinics in Mandurah. In fact, the dental studio has been able to maintain a strong reputation by delivering excellent treatment to patients since 1979. Throughout those years, We have developed a strong following of loyal patients who receive the highest possible care, which ensures high patient satisfaction levels.
Our local Mandurah dentists at Peel Dental Studio provides a wide variety of dental services and procedures to address all of our patient’s dental health needs. By combining quality patient care and treatment plans with up-to-date technology, we can treat patients of all ages in a comfortable and relaxing setting. Our Mandurah dentists and highly trained staff are trained to not only treat patients but to identify what caused the health concern in the first place. This approach sets patients of Peel Dental Studio on the road to recovery and long term oral health.
We offer a wide variety of services for patients throughout the Mandurah and surrounding suburbs such as Meadow Springs, Lakelands, Halls Head, Falcon, Pinjarra, Madora Bay, and Yunderup. Our patients depend on Peel Dental Studio to meet all of their oral healthcare needs. Whether you need Preventative Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, restorative solutions or a smile makeover, we can help.
What You Need To Know
FAQ About Dental Fillings
After your dental filling treatment, you might experience tooth sensitivity. This is a reasonably common experience after getting a dental filling treatment.
Tooth sensitivity can be felt when exposed to cold, air, or pressure. This usually wears off after a few weeks. However, if the sensitivity persists after a few weeks, please call our team at 08 9535 4900 to book an appointment.
It’s also important to remember that, unfortunately, fillings don’t last forever. They can fall out due to actions like biting down too hard. They can also crack, leak, and wear out. Sometimes a repair is all that’s needed, but other times Dental Implants may be required.
After the filing has just been placed, it’s better not to eat or drink until the anesthesia has worn off. This can take from one to up to three hours.
A filling is most commonly needed when tooth decay has caused a cavity to form on a tooth surface. If you don’t get a filling, the cavity will get worse. It may cause pain, and an abscess may form. This may lead to more severe problems, such as bone loss.
A filling repairs the tooth and stops tooth decay. Over time, a worn-out filling may need to be replaced.
There’s nothing quite like the surprise and the following shock when you realize your filling has fallen out of your tooth. There are several reasons this might happen, but first things first – don’t freak out! A simple call to our dental team can get you sorted in no time.
But here are some of the most common reason why a filling may fall out:
- Decay around the filling
- Debonded Filling
- Bad Oral Care Habits
The average cost of a filling in Australia averages between $130 and $283, according to the Australian Dental Association. The exact price of a filling can be determined by a variety of factors, which Australian Dentists Clinic says can include:
- The clinic and dentist you choose
- The location of the filling in the mouth
- The extent of the damage that the filling is being used to repair
- The type of filling used
Today, several dental filling materials are available. Teeth can be filled with gold; porcelain; silver amalgam (which consists of mercury mixed with silver, tin, zinc, and copper); or tooth-colored, plastic, and materials called composite resin fillings. There is also a material that contains glass particles and is known as glass ionomer.
This material is used in ways similar to the use of composite resin fillings.
Dental fillings will last for quite some time. The material used in fillings is strong and once it has been bonded to a tooth, the filling will remain in place for years.
The exact length of time that a filling will last depends mostly on its location on the tooth and how well you are taking care of your oral health.
If the filling is at the gum line or the very edge of a tooth, it might not last as long as it would if it were on a flat surface. Practicing proper oral health care will help extend the time of your dental fillings as it will prevent further decay.
Concern about the pain caused by treating a cavity may cause you to put off treatment, but that may make the problem much worse. Treating a cavity is usually less painful and less expensive when it’s done early or as soon as your dentist notices signs of decay.
Anaesthetic will be administered during the treatment, so you will not experience any pain. During the procedure, we will clean the cavity and remove the infected part, which is the source of the pain.
Medicare generally does not cover dental procedures such as fillings. However, as healthdirect explains, Medicare may cover some essential dental services for eligible children through the ‘Child Dental Benefits Schedule’.
This pays up to $1,000 over two calendar years for children aged two to 17 for basic dental services, including fillings. To see if your child is eligible, visit the Department of Human Services website.
Most people experience some level of tenderness after their dentist has filled one of their teeth. Here are some practical tips you can follow to minimize discomfort:
- Bite and chew carefully. Your jaw can exert a great deal of pressure when biting, so biting down hard following a filling can result in pain. Consider not biting all the way through your food and chewing carefully on the opposite side of the new filling.
- Avoid hard foods. Chewing on hard candy, nuts, ice, and other hard foods can cause pain by exerting too much pressure on the teeth. Biting hard foods can also dislodge a new silver filling that hasn’t had time to set.
- Avoid sticky foods. Eating sticky foods too soon after a filling can dislodge your new filling. This doesn’t happen often and is more likely with amalgam fillings than composite fillings.
- Take your time. By eating slowly, you can avoid biting down too hard and chewing on the side of your mouth where your new filling is located.
- Avoid sugary foods. Not only can sugary foods and drinks potentially trigger sensitivity, but they can also promote the growth of bacteria around your new filling.
- Avoid very hot and cold food and beverages. By eating or drinking foods and drinks with moderate temperatures, you have a better chance of not triggering sensitivities.
- Chew with your mouth closed. If your teeth are sensitive to heat and cold, even cold air can trigger discomfort. By keeping your mouth closed, you lower the chance of cold air getting into your mouth.