Why do I need a filling?
A filling is most often required because there is decay in the tooth. If a filling is not done, this decay can potentially spread to the nerve inside the tooth. Other reasons for a filling may be a cracked tooth or worn enamel.
Will my filling be white or metallic?
Usually the filling will be white and referred to as a Composite Restoration. There are times when your dentist may recommend a metallic filling but if this concerns you, your dentist will be happy to explain their reasoning and help you make an informed decision.
How long will my filling last?
The longevity of a filling is dependent on a variety of factors. For example; size of the filling, your oral hygiene and the biting force applied on the area. A white composite filling will last approximately 5-10 years.
Will getting a filling be painful?
No. Dentistry has come a long way in the last 20 years and we will always perform a filling under a local anaesthetic unless there is an opportunity to carry out treatment without pain.