Dental fillings

Dental fillings

If You are looking for a Dental filling in Brisbane, then look no further than Skygate Dental.
We offer the latest treatments and technology to ensure your comfort and safety while our expert dentists work with you to achieve the best possible results.

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.

What Does it Feel Like to get a Tooth Filling?

The dentist will numb the area with an injection of local anaesthesia and use a drill to remove the decayed portion of your tooth. You may feel pressure, but there should be no pain. The dentist then cleans any decay from inside the drilled hole, and uses a bonding agent to seal it up. Tooth fillings are made to match the shape and size of your tooth so it blends in as much as possible with the rest of your smile


We offer the latest treatments and technology to ensure your comfort and safety while our expert dentists work with you to achieve the best possible results.

Dental Fillings FAQs

How long do dental fillings last?
A dental filling can last 10-20 years if it is properly maintained. The lifespan of a filling depends on the restorative material used, your oral habits, and the size of the filling. Watching for changes in the condition of dental fillings during your scheduled check-ups is an important part of good oral hygiene.
What can you do to maintain the health of my fillings?
Avoid chewing on ice or hard candy because the pressure from these will damage your teeth and can even break a filling. If you have any pain or sensitivity around your filling, it would be best to get it checked by a professional. The dentist will assess the condition of your filling and decide what treatment is necessary.
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
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-ionomer cement
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.

Temporary fillings
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.

What You Can Expect After a Dental filling?
After a filling is placed, it might feel sensitive when you eat something sweet or bite your teeth together, or when the temperature changes. When this persists, talk to your dentist for advice.
Benefits and risks of teeth fillings
A filling is an early treatment for tooth decay that can help clean up a decayed area and make it less sensitive. Over time, fillings may chip or crack, making it easy for food bits to become trapped between the tooth and the filling. When it comes to your overall oral health, a dentist will usually check your fillings during a regular dental check-up.
What are alternatives to a dental filling?
Sometimes a dentist will use a crown to protect the structure of your tooth. Crowns are often used to fill gaps where there is not enough healthy tooth left for a filling.

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.

Interest-free payment plans
You can elect to pay interest-free payments within a year if the cost of treatment is less than $2,000. You choose when payments are made whether it is a weekly, fortnightly, or monthly schedule. You can read more about our payment plan options here. The team at Skygate Dental believe that health should always come first and want to be able to support patients regardless of their income level.

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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