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Docklands Dental Fillings

Dental fillings are one of the most common dental procedures performed at Pinnacle Dental. These restorations are used to fill in cavities after the decay has been removed and the tooth has been properly shaped.

Which Type of Fillings Do We Use?

The most common type of filling used today is a white resin composite, which is strong and bonds to the tooth micro-mechanically. This material has better strength and cosmetics than previous versions of dental fillings, making them a popular choice.

In some cases, patients may have silver amalgam fillings, which are still used by some dental practices. However, it is not necessary to change them unless there is a reason to do so, such as leakage, decay or cosmetic concerns. If a patient requests to change their silver filling, our dentist will examine the tooth and determine if it is necessary to remove the filling and apply a white filling instead.

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What to Expect

The process of getting a filling is typically done in one visit, depending on the size of the filling. Local anaesthesia may not be necessary if the cavity is small and the process usually involves cleaning the tooth, placing a binding agent and applying the filling material. Larger fillings may require a lab-made filling called an inlay or onlay, which can take longer to apply and guarantee proper function of the tooth.

After getting a filling, you may experience mild sensitivity for 1-2 days, but painkillers may not be necessary.

How Long Do Dental Fillings Last?

The lifespan of a filling depends on the size of the filling and the patient’s oral hygiene and maintenance. Typically, they can last up to eight years, but some can last for more than 30.
Maintaining good oral hygiene, including proper flossing each day, is essential to the longevity of a filling.

What Will My Filling Look Like?

To achieve a colour match, we use a special guide to determine the exact colour of the filling material. However, over time the composite may stain, so regular cleanings and polishing are necessary to maintain long-term aesthetic appeal.

Reserve an Exam Today

Are you experiencing symptoms of tooth sensitivity or suspect a possible cavity? Contact us today to learn more about our white composite fillings.


Any invasive or surgical procedure may carry risks. Before moving forward, it is recommended that you seek a second opinion from an appropriately licensed medical professional.


Dental Fillings in Docklands, Melbourne VIC | (03) 9052 4422