If you’re dealing with tooth pain or sensitivity, we understand you wish to get the right treatment fast. Our three skilled dentist and team of dental assistants ensure you get the care you need efficiently. We provide our patients with quality dental fillings and caring, pain-free treatment.
Contact the friendly team at Camira Dental today to book a dental examination.
Quality dental fillings to protect your teeth
When you get dental fillings at our clinic, you can feel confident you’re in good hands. Our dental care is patient-centred, always putting your comfort and health first. Dental fillings are a simple treatment to early-stage tooth decay, allowing you to keep most of the natural structure of your tooth.
If your tooth has a cavity or tooth decay, it’s best to act quick. It’s always the preferable solution to having to extract a tooth and saves you from more expensive treatment such as crowns or root canals. After getting a filling, remember to return for regular check-ups to ensure the filling hasn’t chipped or cracked.
Pain-free dental fillings
Our dentists use a local anaesthetic to keep you comfortable during the filling process. Getting a filling done usually takes around 30-60 minutes, but more time may be required if doing large and/or multiple fillings.
After a filling, it's common to experience temporary sensitivity to things like cold, hot, sweet and pressure. This usually settles down within a few days, unless your dentist has advised you otherwise. If the symptoms persist, please return so that your dentist can investigate the cause.
How do I know that I need a filling?
You might need a filling if tooth structure has been lost due to decay, trauma or cracks. Or, you might need to replace broken or leaky old fillings. Fillings are also used to improve appearance by closing gaps or changing the colour and shape of teeth. You can sometimes tell that you may need a filling if...
- You notice a visible hole or breakage in your tooth
- There is a sharp or rough tooth that is cutting your tongue
- Floss keeps fraying
- You are constantly getting food stuck in a particular spot
- You are experiencing symptoms like sensitivity to cold or sweet things.
Yet, not everyone with decay experiences any symptoms, especially when the decay is small. During a regular dental check-up, a dentist will carefully examine your teeth for such defects. X-rays are often used to help locate and assess the extent of the decay.
The types of dental fillings we offer
There are a variety of different materials that we use to fill teeth.
- Composite resin is our most used material. It’s a tooth-coloured, plastic-based filling material that is chemically glued to the tooth. It’s more natural in appearance and requires less tooth removal than amalgam, but is more difficult to use, and lasts an average of 5 plus years.
- GIC (Glass Ionomer Cement) is a tooth-coloured material. It's not as strong as composite resin, but it has decay-preventing properties. It’s great as a base layer underneath a harder filling material, for temporary fillings, and also for filling baby teeth.
- Amalgam is a strong and durable blend of different metals. It can last for decades but requires more tooth removal and is a dark silver in colour.
Fillings do have some limitations, particularly if they are large. In some instances, a lab-made crown or veneer in gold or porcelain may be preferable, for a longer-lasting and better-looking result.
What to expect on your visit
If you suspect you might need to visit the dentist, whether for a regular check-up or a specific problem, the first step is to give us a call. Our friendly dental assistants can help you with most inquiries, booking you in for a further consultation or treatment.
When you come in, your dentist will have a discussion with you about your needs and propose treatment. At Camira Dental, we take pride in telling the truth about patient needs, never engaging in up-selling.
You’ll get an upfront quote on the full cost of treatment before starting. If needed, it’s possible to prioritise treatment to spread out the cost. We won’t start any treatment without your verbal consent to proceed with the plan.
We use innovative pain-free techniques, providing gentle care. If you have sensitive teeth or a fear of the dentist, don’t hesitate to let our team know. We’ll do our best to make you feel comfortable during your visit.
Join our regular dental check-up scheme
At Camira Dental, we generally recommend booking in for a dental scale and clean every six months. However, this will differ based on your situation, such as how prone you might be to tooth decay or gum disease. That’s why we encourage everyone to join our regular dental check-up scheme as a way forward to good dental and general health. This way, we can monitor and maintain your oral health over time.
Please note that when you sign up the regular check-up scheme, appointments are bulk billed to your health fund (conditions apply).
Frequently Asked Questions
Why do I need a dental filling?
Teeth have a limited ability to regenerate themselves. A filling (also called a ‘restoration’) is done to preserve the structure, function and appearance of a tooth.
Are amalgam fillings bad for you?
Amalgam contains a small amount of mercury to bind the different metal components together. However, it's mostly removed during the placement process. The release is negligible once set and is thus safe. You don’t need to have amalgam fillings removed ‘just for the sake of it.’