At CDIC, we are leading experts in dental implants, cosmetic dental treatments and dentofacial aesthetics. Each of our patients is completely unique, and we promise to provide accurate and precise information, the best treatment options and a compassionate hand to guide you through your decision making.
Tooth decay can lead to the development of holes and fractures in teeth, creating sensitivity and pain. Our cosmetic filling treatments remove remnants of decay and provide a stable, natural-looking replacement to create a complete smile.
Cosmetic fillings are a type of dental restoration used to seal and fill small holes in teeth that typically emerge as a result of tooth decay. These holes are known as cavities, but fillings can also be used to treat minor tooth fractures and damage. Dental fillings can be made from a variety of materials, but modern cosmetic fillings use tooth-coloured porcelain or composite resin for a durable and seamless solution. We recommend replacing old metal fillings with cosmetic upgrades for a more sound and lasting solution.
Fillings are best suited to treating minor holes or cracks in teeth, but some common signs that you may need a filling include throbbing and sharp tooth pains, sensitivity to pressure or hot and cold temperatures, as well as visible holes. Another indicator is when one or more teeth become sharp or have jagged edges, which suggests that the tooth is decaying.
Unfortunately, you may still experience tooth decay and require a filling even if you don’t experience any of these symptoms. The only way to be certain that a filling is needed is to have your teeth checked by a dentist. Regular check ups can help prevent cavities from forming or identify them in the early stages before decay becomes too severe.
The filling procedure begins with a full assessment and inspection of your teeth to assess whether a filling will adequately restore the tooth. More severe cases of decay and cracks may require other treatments like a crown or implant. If a filling is recommended, the dentist will place a rubber dam around the tooth to prevent any debris being swallowed and create a moisture free environment. The dentist will use a local anaesthetic to numb the area and then remove any pieces of decay and damage.
Once the tooth is prepared, your dentist places a strong dental adhesive in the now-empty area and then fills it with the composite resin or porcelain. The filling is left to harden and solidify, with the dental adhesive ensuring a stable and long-term fix. The tooth and filling are then polished to create a seamless and natural appearance.
Restoring the health and stability of a decayed tooth with a cosmetic filling provides a number of important and lasting benefits, including:
Restoring a tooth with a filling can help reduce pain and discomfort in your daily life, helping you to live more comfortably.
Using modern techniques and materials, our cosmetic fillings are a functional and effective restoration for minor dental issues. Our goal is to leave every patient feeling more comfortable and confident after their treatment. We will ensure a tailored plan to suit your needs.
We welcome all new patients from across Melbourne and interstate looking for the highest standard of care. Book in an obligation-free consultation today to find out how we can help you begin your smile transformation.