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Dental Fillings & Cavities

A filling restores function and protects your tooth from further decay.

Cavities are one of the most common dental issues for Australians of all ages. A cavity occurs when decay causes small holes in your teeth. A dental filling will plug the hole, preventing further damage and restoring your natural healthy smile

What Is A Dental Filling?

A dental filling is a plug of composite resin, metal, or amalgam that fills the hole in your tooth and prevents further decay. Fillings are made of different materials depending on the location and size of the cavity.

Types Of Dental Fillings

There are several types of fillings available. Your dentist will assess and determine which type is best for you and your tooth. Some common filling types include:

//  Composite - a natural and popular filling made of resin. Resin is soft and easily moulds to the shape of the cavity. These are typically used for small and medium-sized fillings.

//  Amalgam - A mix of metal alloys that are soft when applied and hardens into place. These fillings used to be popular but are not typically used in Australia anymore as they often contain mercury and can crack with changing temperatures.  

//  Gold Inlays & Onlays - Gold fillings are strong, durable, and long-lasting, but not used as often these days due to the high cost of gold.

//  Porcelain Inlays - Porcelain is used when there is a large amount of the tooth decayed or removed. Porcelain is one of the most natural-looking materials and is almost indistinguishable from your natural teeth. Porcelain fillings can last upwards of 20 years.

The Process For Getting A Dental Filling

The process of fixing a cavity using a dental filling is simple and effective. Thanks to modern technology, the procedure is quick and nearly painless.

Your dentist starts by numbing the tooth and surrounding area. The area is cleaned of bacteria and debris to protect the exposed internal parts of the tooth. 

Decayed parts of the tooth are gently removed with a small drill and the hole plugged with the filling. Your dentist will shape and file the filling to restore your natural bite.

How Long Does The Filling Procedure Take?

The dental filling takes approximately 15-30 minutes depending on how long it takes for the anaesthetic to take effect. After your procedure, your tooth may feel temporarily sensitive to hot and cold for a few days. If this feeling continues, talk to your dentist.

Regular check-ups and maintaining proper oral care at home is the best way to prevent cavities and fillings. If you have a cavity, don’t wait until it causes your smile permanent damage.

Call King Street Dental today and keep your smile happy and healthy.

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Where To Find King Street Dental

King Street Dental is conveniently located at 67 King Street, Warrawong, next to Warrawong Library and Plush Furniture.

We have plenty of parking available on Carlotta Cres, at the northern end of Darcy Wentworth Park. Our practice is located at the corner of King Street & Hoskins Avenue.

We have accessibility parking available beside our building on the corner of King Street & Hoskins Ave. Enter via Hoskins Ave.

If you have trouble finding us, please call us.