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Fillings at Parramatta Dental Clinic

Despite practicing scrupulous oral hygiene habits, it’s still possible to get a cavity. When that happens, you need a filling. Dental fillings fix and restore the surface of a tooth that has been damaged by decay, fracture or wear. Dental fillings fortify the teeth. If tooth decay is not addressed at its early stages, it will get worse. The result: you may require additional and possibly more expensive dental treatments.

Are Silver Fillings Harmful?

Older man talking with female dentistIf your filling was completed some time ago, you may have a silver filling or be unaware that there is an alternative available. Silver amalgam fillings contain amounts of mercury. There has been some debate in recent years as to whether they are safe for children, pregnant women, people with kidney dysfunction or for individuals who are sensitive to mercury.

Various studies performed on the safety of amalgam have not found a connection between the mercury in the filling and brain or nervous system function. We want to provide you with all the information you need to decide how you would like to proceed. It’s essential to consider the pros and cons of each filling material.

If you have a silver amalgam filling, you may want to have it safely removed. Our dentists are qualified to remove silver fillings and then replace them with a more attractive composite option.

Which to Choose?

Composite fillings have some advantages over silver ones. Composite fillings are more aesthetically appealing, plus they are affordable and can fortify a tooth that is weakened due to decay. Tooth-coloured fillings do have some disadvantages though. They don’t last as long as silver fillings. In addition, the procedure can take longer, and they may not be covered by your health fund.

What Does Getting a Filling Involve?

Getting a filling is a straightforward procedure. Please allow about an hour at our office. Your dentist will take X-rays if needed, discuss the procedure, and then complete the dental work. Before your cavity is filled, your dentist will numb your teeth and gums to minimise any discomfort during the procedure. Next, your dentist will use a drill to remove the decay in the tooth and replace it with a filling.

Contact Us Today

If you suspect you may have a cavity, it’s crucial to get it treated straightaway. Addressing a small cavity now can help you avoid potentially bigger problems down the road. Contact us today to book an appointment! We feature convenient Saturday hours and offer payment plans.

* Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Dental Fillings Parramatta NSW| (02) 8677 0155