Tooth-coloured fillings from your Oakleigh dentist
Even with the best oral hygiene routine, from time to time you may develop a cavity that requires filling. Don’t put it off! It’s important to address the problem right away so you don’t develop more severe tooth decay (and a bigger dental bill). We provide simple and straight forward tooth-coloured fillings to not only restore your teeth back to a healthy condition, but to also keep them looking their best. Our fillings are made to match the exact colour of your tooth, allowing them to seamlessly blend in with the rest of your smile.
Types of tooth-coloured fillings
There are two types of tooth-coloured fillings: composite and porcelain.
Plastic or composite fillings work well for small to medium cavities, or on the front teeth, but won’t last long in large holes or molars that endure a lot of force. They require a certain wavelength of light to set and shrink slightly on setting, so good technique is important. They typically last from two to four years, but can last longer if looked after well at home.
Porcelain fillings are made of an advanced ceramic that resembles the porcelain our dishes are made of, but is far stronger. Unlike metal fillings, they are wear-resistant and impervious to changes in temperature. Our porcelain fillings are made with the CEREC machine, and milled from strong blocks of porcelain. They are accurate, computer-designed, extremely strong and do a superior job of reinforcing the tooth. The fillings will match your existing tooth exactly, so they will appear all but invisible. They can last 10–15 years, but even longer if looked after well at home.
Do you require a dental filling?
Sometimes, tooth decay can go unnoticed for some time; however, it’s important to be aware of the symptoms of this condition to prevent it from turning into a more complex issue down the track (such as root canal treatment or the need for extraction). Here’s what you should look out for:
- Sensitivity to hot, cold, or sugary food and drink
- Sudden or throbbing pain when biting or chewing
- A dark spot on the tooth
- Being able to feel a rough spot or hole on the tooth with your tongue
- Food always collecting on or in a particular tooth
If you live around Oakleigh, Melbourne, come and visit us to discuss porcelain fillings, or call for an appointment today.