Dental Tooth Filling in Rouse Hill

In order to restore the function, integrity, and structure of your teeth, it requires treatment such as dental fillings or dental restoration. Tooth decay is the worst threat to your dental hygiene and can lead to cavities that can damage your teeth. A tooth filling is a painless procedure used on decayed teeth which prevents further damage of teeth.

What is a Tooth Filling?

A tooth filling is a procedure where a material, such as amalgams, porcelain or composite, is used to fill a hole, or cavity, to restore the tooth’s original shape and function. This is achieved by either an inlay or onlay, depending on the dental problem observed by the dentist.

The Process Of Tooth Filling

The following steps to a simple procedure are briefly described below:

  1. Your dentist will examine your mouth for tooth decay and cavities. An x-ray may be performed to see the extent of the tooth decay.
  2. After determining the necessary treatment, the affected area of your mouth is numbed completely using a local anaesthetic to create a comfortable experience for you throughout the process.
  3. Now, the decay is removed using a dental drill. Later the area is sterilized and prepared for filling.
  4. The tooth-coloured filling material is used to fill the cavity that quite flawlessly blends with the natural colour of your tooth.
  5. At last, your dentist will polish the tooth and ensure that you acquire your natural bite.

Types Of Dental Fillings

Each material used for dental fillings has its own benefits and limitations. Your dentist will arrange an appointment for you to discuss the type of filling that is suitable for your mouth; since the chosen material depends on various factors from the location of the affected tooth, medical history, to allergies. 

1. Amalgam Fillings 

A combination of copper, silver, mercury and tin is amalgam which is silver in colour and is very stable and robust. But, this type of filling can cause your teeth to crack due to expansion and contraction in heat. 

Hence, we pride ourselves on being an amalgam-free practice, choosing to only use materials for dental restorations from the safest and most trusted brands.

2. Composite Fillings 

Made out of finely grounded glass particles or quartz particles with acrylic resin is called a composite filling. This material is pretty durable but costs comparatively higher than a metal amalgam. 

3. Glass lonomer Fillings 

This material includes ionomers of glass that resemble the teeth colour and are easily bonded with tooth tissue. This material is usually used for children. 

4. Gold Fillings For Inlays & Onlays 

They are made up of gold fillings and a mix of gold, copper, and other metals, which are made as per specifics at the lab. This is considered to be the best material for tooth filling due to its durability. Gold fillings are also quite expensive since this material is well received by the surrounding gum tissue of one’s mouth.

5. Porcelain Fillings For Inlays & Onlay

These fillings are made up of porcelain and are of the same cost as the gold ones but match the colour of the natural teeth. 

How long do dental fillings last?

Generally, a filling lasts around 5 to 15 years. However, the lifetime of your filling is dependent on the material used, the restoration location in your mouth and your dental hygiene.


What to Expect At Rouse Hill Smiles Dental Care

Our team at Rouse Hill Smiles Dental Care will put an end to any signs of tooth decay at its early stage. And this can be easily done by dental tooth filling. If you require a dental filling, our dentists have immense experience in this field and will ensure you feel comfortable and at ease whilst undergoing treatment. Contact us today for more information.

Discover the Rouse Hill Smiles Difference

Don’t let your dental concerns stop you from having the smile you deserve. If you have an old metal filling which needs replacing, or fear you may be experiencing tooth decay, schedule a consultation with Rouse Hill Smiles today!

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

5 Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Fillings

1.Sensitivity to heat and cold  

Sensitivity that persists after eating hot or cold foods can be a sign of tooth decay. 

2.Persistent sensitivity to sweets 

The most common susceptibility to cavities is heat and cold, but persistent susceptibility to sweets and sweet drinks may also indicate cavities.


Consistent pain in one or more teeth may indicate tooth decay. In fact, pain is one of the most common symptoms of tooth decay.

4.Tooth discolouration 

Tooth discolouration may initially appear as white spots. As bacteria/cavity progresses, the stains may darken.

If the dentist decides that padding is needed, a local anaesthetic is given to paralyse the area. When deaf, the dentist removes the disintegration with a laser, air grind, or drill and tests and tests to make sure all disintegrations are gone. 

After the Bacteria is removed,  space is prepared for filling. Preparation involves cleaning cavities from the tooth by removing debris and bacteria. If the cavities are near the root of the tooth, you can use a composite or glass ionomer to line the cavities first.

It is relatively common to experience pain and sensitivity in the treated tooth after filling. The dentist just poked-drilled and pierced the tooth. The discomfort usually goes away in a day or two. Why do some people have toothaches after filling? There are many reasons why you may feel a little pain or sensitivity after filling.

The purpose of the filling is to correct cavities and relieve discomfort. However, if you feel pain after chewing, eating, or opening your mouth even one week after your filling then. It is best to book an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible so he or she can find and fix the problem.

  • Amalgam (silver coloured). : The amalgam filling is silver. They are made from a combination of mercury and silver alloys (50% mercury, 35% silver,  15% tin, copper and other metals).
  • Composite fillings (tooth coloured): Composite fillings are powerful, but may not be as durable as amalgam fillings.
  • Glass ionomer (tooth coloured): Glass ionomer fillings form chemical bonds with teeth. They also release fluoride, which helps prevent tooth decay.
  • Gold inlays and onlays (gold coloured): The inlay is small and is placed inside the tooth meshing surface.
  • Porcelain inlays (tooth coloured): The dental team can now use digital technology (called CADCAM) to design and prepare a perfectly fitting inlay in one or two visits.

Approximately 50% of surgical dentistry (stuffing) consists of the replacement of misplaced filling. When composite (tooth colour) restoration materials appear on the molars, they are replaced approximately every five years. Properly placed silver amalgam filling can last for more than 30 years. Gold can hold up to 55 years.