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Dental Fillings

Man in dental chairWhen your tooth has a cavity, the only way to repair it is to remove the decaying structure and place a filling. But with so many options available, how can you decide on which type of filling is best?

Until recently, amalgam was the material of choice for dental fillings. Although effective, these silver restorations also had many downsides. For example, their dark colour contrasts with your smile, not to mention the alloy contains mercury and poses as a potential toxin. Nor do the metal fillings not bond to your tooth, which can lead to additional structural damage further down the track.

Fortunately, white composite fillings offer huge advantages to modern patients.

A Cosmetic and Minimally-invasive Alternative

At Happy Smile Dental we use mercury-free composite fillings that are less invasive to teeth and blend in with your smile. Each of these white fillings can be matched to the unique shade of your teeth, preventing them from standing out.

Additionally, composite is less affected by temperature changes. When your teeth respond to hot or cold foods, there is a lower risk of structural damage in white fillings as opposed to metal fillings. The close bond between the white filling and your tooth minimises possible leakage of bacteria and saliva into the margins of your restoration, allowing it to protect your tooth better.

Their aesthetically pleasing appearance means they can be placed anywhere throughout your mouth!

Do I Have a Cavity?

Not all areas of tooth decay will cause pain. Sometimes a cavity will be sensitive to certain foods (like sweets) or stand out from the rest of your teeth when temperatures change. If you feel a rough area or have problems with food catching between teeth, it could be due to an opening created by the cavity.

Schedule an exam and x-ray with our family dentists to catch your decay early, before it has a chance to spread further into the nerve and therefore prevent possible need for root canal treatment.

Book an Exam Today

If you suspect that you have a cavity, seeing a dentist quickly can help you avoid unwanted dental work and expensive treatment in the future. Request your appointment now.

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


Dental Fillings Scoresby, Knoxfield, Wantirna South VIC | (03) 9759 9066