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Fillings at Shenton Park Family Dental

If you have a small cavity, a white composite filling is the best way to repair the area. These restorations rebuild the lost tooth structure while sealing out new bacterial infections, halting the spread of decay.

Filling illustrationDo I Have a Cavity?

Common symptoms of tooth decay include

  • Sensitivity to sweet foods or drinks
  • A rough surface on one specific tooth
  • Floss or food catching between teeth
  • Visible darkening of the tooth
  • Pain when biting or chewing
  • Feeling like something is ‘off’ in your bite

The only way to truly diagnose decay and how extensive it is, is to have our dentist examine and possibly X-ray the tooth. From there we’ll be able to tell the depth of the cavity and plan the best course of therapy. As long as it’s small enough, a filling will likely be the only thing that you need.

It’s important to note that if decay isn’t treated early enough, it can spread deeper into your tooth and the nerve inside of it. If the nerve is compromised it can lead to a painful abscess or dental emergency.

Do you have a broken tooth or see a visible cavity? If you’re in pain or the tooth is breaking, you need to be seen straightaway. We’ll numb the tooth with anaesthetic to make you comfortable and then tend to your tooth. Emergency dental fillings can be composite so long as the cavity is small enough. But if the damage is larger we may need to place a temporary filling and have you return for something like a crown or root canal at a separate appointment.

Dental filling appointments typically run about 30 minutes to just over an hour, depending on the size of the cavity. We’ll gently numb your tooth to ensure you’re comfortable, then remove the eroded tooth structure. From there the composite is shaped by hand directly into the tooth and cured with a bright light. After the material is settled, we’ll check your bite to ensure your teeth meet together nicely and accurately.

If for any reason you feel like your bite is off balance once the anaesthetic has worn off, contact us. We’ll arrange to have you back for a follow-up and will adjust the restoration for a smoother fit.

Will my tooth hurt if I have a cavity?

Not necessarily. Although some cavities can cause pain and sensitivity, not all areas of decay will hurt. Do not let the extent of discomfort be the determining factor as to whether you have a cavity or not.
Will I need a filling or a crown?

Fillings are preferred for smaller cavities, so long as there’s enough healthy tooth structure to encompass them and hold the restoration in place. If too much tooth enamel is damaged, a crown will be required. Unlike fillings that go inside of teeth, crowns go around the outside surface to protect the weaker tooth structure that’s still remaining.
Do children need fillings if those teeth are going to fall out anyway?

Your child’s teeth act as placeholders and guides for the adult teeth that will one day replace them. Losing one too early can permanently alter their bite alignment and facial development.

Keep Your Smile Strong

If you think you have a cavity, contact us immediately to book an exam and filling. Decay is best treated early, while it’s still small.

Any invasive or surgical procedure may carry risks. Before moving forward, it is recommended that you seek a second opinion from an appropriately licensed medical professional.

Fillings Shenton Park, Subiaco, Dalglish WA | (08) 9381 8700