Dental fillings are regarded as "minor dental" treatment and are commonplace in Australia. A filling is usually necessary when a tooth has been affected by decay, has been chipped or has suffered some kind of trauma.

Molar with a large cavity in the centre
Molar with a large cavity in the centre
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The above molar with the cavity filled by a composite
The above molar with the cavity filled by a composite
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Materials used for fillings

There multiple materials available for filling teeth. Composite fillings (often called "white fillings") are used commonly nowadays. Amalgam ("metal fillings") can still be used but are generally used less often. Fluoride fillings can also be used in cases where the benefits of fluoride are required.

Do I need a tooth filling?

The necessity of a tooth depends on multiple factors, such as a patient's diet, the size of the tooth's affected area, oral hygiene habits, sensitivity and more. Often, people opt to have a filling done to prevent future pain and expense. Your best bet is to talk to one of our dentists who can help you determine what your options are. Call us on (08) 9881 5573 or contact us via other methods to find out more.

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