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Dental Fillings

Do you have a decayed, chipped, or broken tooth that needs filling? Look no further than Belmont Dental Surgery for expert dental care.

What Are Dental Fillings?

Dental fillings are materials used to restore a tooth that has been damaged by decay or trauma. The filling material is placed into the cavity, or hole, that is created after the decayed or damaged portion of the tooth has been removed.

How Is Dental Filling Procedure Performed?

The entire process typically takes around 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the size and location of the cavity. Here’s how the procedure goes:

Numbing the area

Before the procedure begins, we will numb the area around the affected tooth using a local anesthetic. This helps to ensure that you feel little to no discomfort during the procedure.

Removing decay

Once the area is numb, we will use a drill or laser to remove the decayed or damaged portion of the tooth. We will then clean the area to remove any remaining debris or bacteria.

Preparing the cavity

After the area has been cleaned, we will shape the cavity to prepare it for the filling material. This may involve etching the surface of the tooth to help the filling material adhere better.

Applying the filling material

We will then place the filling material into the cavity, using a special tool to shape it and ensure that it fits snugly. The type of filling material used will depend on the location and size of the cavity, as well as your individual needs and preferences.

Finishing and polishing

Once the filling material has been placed, we will trim away any excess material and polish the surface of the tooth to make sure it is smooth and matches the surrounding teeth.

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Dental Fillings at Belmont Dental Surgery

We use composite tooth coloured fillings. If you attend with a single tooth requiring a filling, we would do our best to carry out treatment on the day. However, if you require multiple fillings, it is likely that a follow up appointment will be required.

All patients will be given an estimate of the price of their fillings after their initial consultation and before the dentist proceeds, this price is based on the size of the filling required and the material used. It is impossible to give an exact price for a filling before the patient has seen the dentist but we can give you a price range over the telephone.

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Frequently asked questions

Many people have questions and concerns about dental fillings. To address these concerns, we have compiled a list of questions and provided answers to help you make informed decisions.

Which materials are used for fillings?

Fillings can be made of various materials, including amalgam (a mixture of metals such as silver, tin, and copper), composite resin (a tooth-coloured plastic material), gold, or porcelain.

The type of filling material used will depend on the location and size of the cavity, as well as the patient’s individual needs and preferences.

How do I know if I need a filling?

You may need a filling if you experience pain, sensitivity, or discomfort in a tooth, or if you notice a visible cavity or dark spot on a tooth. We can perform a thorough examination and use X-rays to determine if you have any cavities or other dental problems that may require a filling.

It is important to have regular checkups and cleanings, as this can help detect dental problems early and prevent the need for more extensive treatment.

How long do fillings last?

The lifespan of a filling will depend on several factors, including the type of filling material used, the location and size of the cavity, and your oral hygiene habits.

Amalgam fillings can last up to 15 years or more, while composite resin fillings may need to be replaced after 5-7 years. Gold and porcelain fillings can last up to 20 years or more with proper care.

Regular dental checkups and cleanings can help detect any issues with fillings and ensure they last as long as possible.

Are there any risks or complications associated with getting a filling?

While getting a filling is generally safe and low-risk, there is a small chance of complications such as infection, allergic reaction, or damage to surrounding teeth or tissue.

It is important that you discuss any concerns with us and follow post-procedure care instructions carefully to minimise the risk of complications.

Can I eat and drink normally after getting a filling?

You can usually eat and drink normally after getting a filling, although it is important to avoid hard or sticky foods for a few days following the procedure.

You should also avoid hot or cold foods and drinks until the numbness wears off, as you may not be able to feel temperature changes and could accidentally burn or damage your mouth.

Tips To Care For Your Dental Fillings

Dental fillings require proper care and maintenance to ensure they last as long as possible. Here are some tips to help you care for them:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and floss daily to remove plaque and food particles that can lead to decay.
  • Stick to softer foods and avoid biting down on anything that could damage your fillings.
  • Fillings can make your teeth more sensitive to hot and cold temperatures. Avoid very hot or cold foods and drinks, and wait for them to cool down or warm up before consuming them.
  • If you grind your teeth or play contact sports, wear a mouthguard to protect your fillings and prevent further damage to your teeth.
  • Schedule regular checkups with your dentist to ensure that your fillings are in good condition and to detect any potential problems early on.

What our clients say

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First visit and I was nervous, however I felt very much at ease as Receptionists were calming, and professional. On meeting Damian felt comfortable and he was gentle and caring and Hiliary a competent nurse. Am returning and have no hesitation in recommending the dental practice.

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I have been coming to Belmont Dental Surgery since around 2 years. They helped fix some issues I had at the start and now I'm always happy to come back for me regular check up, since all of the staff are so friendly & helpful.
They helped me heaps with overcoming my fear of dentist, by being so comforting and all around amazing!

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My first time at Belmont Dental and I cannot give this practice enough stars. I am always nervous going to the dentist but all of the staff were caring and professional from the moment I made my appointment. I also had the most painless clean in years thanks to the new airflow machine they used.

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I’ve been seeing Dr Phil at Belmont Dental Surgery for a few years and he has become a great friend. I’m always treated with respect by the staff and the dental experience is always pleasant at the Clinic.

Totes recommend, 10/10!

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I visited Belmont dental last week a bit nervous about dentist in receptionist I was greeted by a very friendly lady on the way down to my dentist Kevin I had a chat with a very friendly dentist Phil,Kevin put me at ease with his professional approach and attitude I would have no problem recommending Belmont dental to anyone, quality dental service.

Where to find us

Belmont Dental Surgery

171 Belmont Avenue
Belmont WA 6104

Tel: (08) 9277 3837

Public Transport:

There are bus stops (Transperth stop ID 14265 & 14257) directly outside the practice which are serviced by bus numbers 286, 287, 380 and 935.

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