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Fillings are needed by people who develop cavities in their mouths because of a gradual decline in oral health. Different types of materials such as silver amalgam, gold, composite resin and ceramic can be used to place fillings for the person that needs it.
When treating a cavity, dentists will first identify the tooth and surfaces affected. X rays are then preformed to determine the depth of the cavity and its proximity to the nerve. Once this process has been completed the dentist will have a brief consultation with the patient. Discussing the surfaces affected the by cavity, the types of filling materials best suited, costs
When treating a cavity, dentists will remove the decayed portion from where decay is present before filling with the recommended filling.
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What types of filling are there?
Various materials are used as fillings in your teeth. Your dentist will recommend a filling type based on your needs. These can include: Amalgam, Composite Resin, ionomer Cement, Gold and Porcelain or a temporary filling. These are all approved in Australia for use. You can learn more about these below.
Amalgam has been used for more than 150 years thanks to its strong metal mixture- a combination of silver, copper, tin, mercury and zinc. Although exposure to mercury can be toxic, amalgam is safe and effective for most people. The Australian Dental Association, along with the dental community worldwide, continues to support the use of amalgam fillings. However, they suggest avoiding use in pregnant or breastfeeding women, children and people with kidney disease.
Composite resin is a white or tooth-coloured material that can be matched to the colour of the other teeth. Composite resin looks more natural than amalgam, but is more expensive to produce. Some studies have suggested that composite resin might not last as long when filled in adult back teeth, which handle a lot of pressure.
Glass-ionomers can also be matched to your teeth colour, but they might not last as long as composite resin. Glass-ionomers are usually used in areas where there is not a lot of biting pressure and on baby teeth.
Gold and porcelain fillings
Gold and porcelain fillings are both long-lasting but with different benefits. Porcelain teeth can be matched to the colour of other teeth, while gold fills require less maintenance compared to amalgam ones. Both types of filling are more expensive than amalgam, too.
If you’re unable to finish your dental treatment in one appointment, the dentist might suggest a temporary filling. This temporary filling will be replaced at a later date to suit your needs.
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Skygate Dental understands that dental emergencies can be a stressful time financially. We are one of the few dentists in Brisbane to offer flexible payment plans that can help you avoid stress and be free to prioritise your health.
Why Skygate Dental?
Brisbane's most accessible dentist
We are located adjacent the DFO in Brisbane airport. We are mintues away from the M1 and a short drive from both the North and South sides of Brisbane.
We are located in the Skygate Centre (so parking will never be an issue). Our patients can enjoy the convenience of a chemist, grocery store and trip to the DFO. You can enjoy knowing a trip to the dentist has all your errands in one place.
We can claim your treatment with our HICAPs machine to make dealing with private health cover convenient. We care about our patients long term oral health, so we can help with interest-free payment plans across our services.
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