Fillings

Tooth-coloured Fillings at East Adelaide Dental Studio

When it comes to treating cavities, East Adelaide Dental Studio provides minimally-invasive white fillings for all ages. Unlike traditional metal restorations, composite offers advantages like

  • A tighter bond with your enamel
  • Ability to place on more surfaces
  • Custom matched to your smile
  • Less invasive to tooth structure
Composite fillings come in a variety of shades, allowing us to select the one that blends in with your natural tooth enamel. If we’re filling a cavity on one of your front teeth, no one should realise that it’s there.

Do I Have a Cavity?

During every checkup, we’ll examine your teeth for early signs of tooth decay. Since early demineralisation can be reversed with good hygiene and fluoride, immediate intervention is key.

However, cavities can still pop up when you least expect them. Let us know if you notice symptoms of tooth decay like sensitivity, pain when biting down, food getting stuck between teeth or feeling a rough edge with your tongue.

We’ll likely need an X-ray of your tooth to evaluate areas not visible during your exam (like between teeth and under the chewing surfaces).

The sooner cavities are diagnosed, the smaller your filling can be.

Why White Fillings?

Aside from their cosmetic benefits, white fillings require a different placement process compared to conventional metal restorations. In the past, not only did the cavity need to be cleaned out, but the surrounding enamel had to be cut back so that silver fillings could be wedged into place and held securely using mechanical methods.

But since white fillings adhere to porous tooth structure, less of it needs to be removed. After the cavity is cleaned out, the surrounding enamel is gently prepped but not cut back. As a result, your filling is smaller and less invasive.

Different types of white filling material are available, including glass ionomer and resin. Each blend has its own advantages, which we can discuss at the time of your exam. Some last longer, while others leach fluoride to minimise recurrent decay.

Indirect Fillings

Ceramic inlays and onlays (“lab made fillings”) are an indirect type of filling that’s used for repairing larger areas of tooth damage. Our practice incorporates 3D CEREC technology, allowing us to create your three-quarter crown right here in the office, eliminating the need for a second appointment.

SCHEDULE AN EXAM TODAY

If you suspect that you have a cavity, schedule an appointment today. Fillings Glenside minimise your risk of dental emergencies later and keep you smiling!

Frequently Asked Questions

Tooth-coloured fillings, also known as composite fillings, are a modern alternative to traditional metal (amalgam) fillings. They offer advantages such as a stronger bond with your enamel, the ability to be placed on various tooth surfaces, custom matching to your natural tooth colour, and a less invasive approach to preserving tooth structure.
During regular checkups, our dental team will examine your teeth for early signs of tooth decay. However, if you notice symptoms such as sensitivity, pain when biting down, food getting stuck between teeth, or a rough edge with your tongue, it may indicate a cavity. An X-ray may be needed to assess areas not visible during the exam.
Tooth-coloured fillings offer cosmetic benefits as they blend seamlessly with your natural teeth. Unlike metal fillings, they adhere to porous tooth structure, requiring less removal of healthy enamel. This results in smaller and less invasive fillings.
There are different types of tooth-coloured filling materials, including glass ionomer and resin. Each has its advantages, such as longevity and fluoride release to minimise recurrent decay. During your examination, we can discuss which material is best suited for your specific needs.
Yes, for larger areas of tooth damage, we may recommend ceramic inlays and onlays, often referred to as “lab-made fillings.” We utilise 3D CEREC technology to create these restorations in our office, eliminating the need for a second appointment and providing a convenient solution for repairing more extensive damage.
To schedule an appointment for tooth-coloured fillings in Glenside, please contact our office today. Prompt treatment of cavities with fillings can minimise the risk of dental emergencies and help you maintain a healthy smile.

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