Restore Your Smile With Dental Fillings in South Lake
The Benefits of A Dental Fillings
1.) Can repair cracked teeth
2.) It prevents the cavity from spreading
3.) Cost-effective and long-lasting
4.) It strengthens the tooth structure.
Why Choose South Lake Smiles
for Dental Fillings in South Lake,
South Lake Smiles is equipped with advanced technology. We believe that you deserve the best dental care. Hence, our dental team is updated with the latest information about dental restorations, including dental fillings.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Fillings
Dental amalgam fillings are composed of a mixture of mercury, silver, tin, and copper. Because of its durability and affordable cost, amalgam was the most commonly used filling for a long time. The disadvantage is that it does not complement the natural colour of the teeth. Because of the presence of mercury, this is the type of filling that most people are concerned about—but it is essential to mention that this is not the same mercury that causes health risks.
According to the most recent studies, all types of fillings that dentists use are safe for patients.
The FDA recommends using alternatives like composite resin and glass cement fillings for vulnerable individuals. They also do not advise removing or replacing amalgam fillings once they are in place and in good condition. Removal may increase your exposure to mercury vapour and harm the healthy tooth structure.
You can expect to spend approximately an hour at the dental clinic. This allows the dentist sufficient time to perform necessary x-rays, discuss the process with you, and perform the dental procedure. Your dentist will numb your teeth, gums, and surrounding skin prior to filling cavities to eliminate or minimise discomfort during the process. The dentist will next take out the decay and replace it with a filling.
You may expect your mouth to feel numb for several hours after the procedure. While there are no severe risks involved with cavity filling, it is a good idea to have your dentist’s contact information on hand in case of any problems or complications.
Following the treatment, you should avoid hot or cold foods and beverages, but you should be able to eat normally.
Practising proper oral hygiene habits can help in maintaining your tooth fillings in good condition. This includes brushing your teeth twice daily, using mouthwash, and flossing. We recommend seeing a dentist more regularly (twice a year) for professional teeth cleanings, fluoride treatment, and regular dental checkups.
If they notice that the dental fillings are broken or leaking, they will take the necessary measures to assess the problem.
If you have sensitive teeth, you feel a sharp edge, notice a crack in the filling, or if a piece of the filling is missing, call your dentist for an appointment.
Although there is no evidence that mercury exposure from dental amalgam causes adverse health consequences in the general population, mercury exposure may pose a greater health risk to the groups of people listed below, who may be more susceptible to potential mercury-related negative impacts.
- Pregnant women
- Women who intend to become pregnant.
- Nursing women
- Young children under six years of age.
- People with previous neurological diseases
- People who have kidney problems and/or are on dialysis
- Allergic to mercury or other elements (silver, copper, tin) in dental amalgam.
The cost of dental fillings is determined by a variety of factors, including the type of material used, which may be composite or amalgam, the position of the affected tooth, and the number of tooth surfaces that require filling. A simple filling can cost up to $275, while a more complex filling might cost up to $475.
The following table shows the average total cost of dental fillings in Western Australia:
- White Filling Adhesive on the back tooth (5 surfaces): $304 to $417
- White Filling Adhesive on the front tooth (5 surfaces): $293 to $400
If you need dental treatment, private health insurance may provide a range of coverage options to meet your needs and contribute to the cost of dental work.
Extras policies typically cover a range of services divided into two broad categories: general dental and major dental, which includes endodontics and orthodontics.
General dental benefits assist in paying for preventative care treatments such as oral exams, scale and cleans, simple tooth fillings, mouthguards, x-rays, tooth extractions, and, in some cases, teeth whitening. However, complex dental fillings may fall under ‘Major Dental’ which requires a higher level of coverage.