Tooth Fillings in North Lakes
North Brisbane dental experts
Tooth fillings are the simple, go-to solution for simple cavities and cracks in your teeth.
Reasons for Fillings
There are many different types of dental fillings, including:
- Cavity filling: If you have a cavity, your dentist will need to drill and then fill that space so as to avoid tooth loss and further decay.
- Small holes: Not every hole in your teeth is a cavity, but they could still benefit from being filled to avoid the collection of bacteria, which could later lead to a cavity or decay.
- Cracked tooth
- Molar fillings
- Preventative fillings: Everyone has different shaped teeth, and some are more prone to cavities than others.
Types of Filling Materials
Mango Hill Dental offer aesthetically pleasing, tooth-coloured fillings which means you won’t have unattractive metal fillings in your mouth.
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 they look and feel natural.
Pain and Anxiety
Our dentists are thorough and efficient. We use a range of pain relief options to ensure that your procedure is quick, and pain and stress-free.
We take pain and anxiety management very seriously, so if you have any questions about your procedure, please let us know and we will ensure that you will be completely comfortable.
Many people receive fillings at one stage within their lifetime, and after the initial filling, they may, at some point, choose to replace it. This may occur because they wish to replace older amalgam fillings for aesthetic reasons, but it may also occur if the filling needs replacing.
Does My Filling Need Replacing?
If your filling is leaking, has decay, or if the tooth is cracked, it is highly likely that your filling will need replacing. This will be determined after an x-ray and check-up with your dentist, who will then provide you with all the options relevant to your situation.
Many people ask what happens when they get a filling, but the exact procedure depends on your unique situation and the reason you are getting it.
If it involves cavity treatment, your dentist will apply a local anaesthetic that numbs your mouth. After the anaesthetic has taken effect, we will drill to remove the cavity. After the cavity has been drilled, your dentist will fill in the hole – which will only take a few minutes. Your mouth, however, may remain numb for several hours after the procedure.
If you’d like to find out about tooth fillings at Mango Hill or make an appointment for a consultation, call our friendly team now on (07) 4736 8114 or visit our contact page for more ways to get in touch.
- 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
- 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.