Fillings

North Brisbane dental experts

Fillings are the simple, go-to solution for simple cavities and cracks in your teeth. Mango Hill Dental offer aesthetically pleasing, tooth coloured fillings which means you won’t have unattractive metal fillings in your mouth. Our dentists are thorough and efficient and we use a range of pain relief options to ensure that your procedure is quick, pain-free and stress-free so there is no need to worry about a simple tooth filling.

With our team of dental experts, we are able to use fillings to maximise the amount of tooth that can be conserved. Our fillings are biocompatible and tooth coloured so look and feel more natural. Many people choose to replace older amalgam fillings for aesthetic reasons but they may also need replacing if the filling is leaking, if there is decay around the filling or if the tooth is cracked.

Contact us to discuss your particular problem and we can help you decide what your best dental care options will be.

Recovery
  • Anaesthetic will wear off between 1-3 hours post procedure
  • Avoid food and drinks until after anaesthetic wears off
  • Observe children while anaesthetic wears off to ensure they don’t bite their cheek or lip
  • Do not chew food on the numb side until feeling has returned
  • Hot, cold and pressure sensitivity may be present for a few days or weeks
  • The injection site may feel a little sore for a few days
Aftercare
  • Brush and floss your teeth daily
  • Use a fluoride toothpaste to prevent further cavities and promote general oral health
  • Take pain medication if needed – speak to your dentist about what you can take
  • Check for high points on the filling that might alter your bite – if you feel your filling has changed your bite, call us

Call us to make an appointment if your filling has fallen out. We can determine whether it needs a different treatment or if it simply needs replacing. Try to keep the cavity as clean as possible in the meantime and pay particular attention when brushing that tooth.

After a filling, your teeth may hurt or be hot/cold/pressure sensitive. This is completely normal and quite common. The nerve of your tooth can become agitated and sensitive which can last from a few days to a couple of weeks. Pain and sensitivity is especially likely if the decay and subsequent drilling was close to the nerve. The pain should calm down in a few days and up to a couple of weeks. Give us a call if you think your pain is more acute than it should be or is lasting longer than anticipated.

If you have heard a crunch when biting down or believe your filling has cracked, don’t panic. If a piece of the filling has broken off, remove it from your mouth and give us a call. Fillings can often be fixed or simply replaced but it is important to come and see us as soon as you can book an appointment so the problem doesn’t get worse and therefore limit your treatment options. If the crack is large or involves a large portion of your natural tooth, then a crown may need to be considered.

If your bite just doesn’t feel right after your filling and after the anesthesia has completely worn off, then give us a call to check how your teeth fit together. We try to emulate the anatomical shape of your teeth so that your bite is the same as before but it’s not always exact. You can simply come back in to have the occlusion of the filling adjusted which only takes a few minutes. This can make your bite feel normal again. Be sure to wait until the anaesthetic wears off as your bite feels different when affected by anaesthetic. It’s important not to just put up with it as it could cause repercussions for your bite down the track.