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Fillings are relatively common in Australia and are normally regarded as "minor dental" treatment. A filling is usually necessary when a tooth has been affected by decay or chips as a result of day-to-day function. It can also be needed as a result of trauma to the tooth.

A molar tooth with a large cavity in the centre
A molar (rear tooth) with a large cavity in the centre
By Albert (Own work) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons
The above tooth with the cavity filled by a composite
The above tooth with the cavity filled by a composite
By Albert (Own work) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Materials used for fillings

There are a number of different materials available for fillings. Composite (white fillings) are used commonly nowadays. Amalgam (metal fillings) can still be used but is used only in limited situations. We also use fluoride fillings in some circumstances where the benefits of fluoride are required.

Do I need a filling?

Whether a filling is necessary or not depends on multiple factors, such as size of the affected area, diet, oral hygiene, sensitivity and more. Preventing future pain and expense is a good reason for many people to proceed with a filling. Your best bet is to talk to a qualified dentist who can help you determine what your options are. Call us on (08) 9301 4088, book online or contact us via other methods

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