Dental Fillings

At Phung Tran Dental Clinic, we want to act quickly to protect your teeth from lasting damage. Located on Leeds St in Footscray we are a female-led dental clinic. Our dentists and technicians will ensure your tooth filling is performed with nothing but the highest level of care and compassion.

Fillings in Footscray

Phung Tran Dental Group provides a range of affordable dental procedures including general dentistry, general cosmetic dentistry, and advanced dental care.

Even people with the best home dental care practices sometimes need dental fillings. Unfortunately, getting a filling at the dentist is a procedure that many of us will experience in our lifetime. Left unchecked, cavities can cause permanent tooth damage, leading to pain and costly dental procedures. The dental clinic is located in the heart of Footscray and easily accessible by car or public transport. At Phung Tran Dental Clinic, we want to act quickly to protect your teeth from lasting damage. Our dentists and technicians will ensure your tooth filling is performed with nothing but the highest level of care and compassion.

What is filling?

A filling is a dental procedure used to restore a damaged tooth back to its normal form and function. During this procedure a dental filling is applied to a cavity, protecting the tooth from further damage. Left untreated, a cavity can lead to severe dental issues and in some cases, may result in the need for more extreme dental procedures such as root canal surgery. Tooth fillings can be sourced from different materials including gold, silver, porcelain, or a composite resin. While metal dental fillings are more durable, they are also more expensive. If you are concerned about your dental filling cost, then resin fillings may be a suitable option. Resin fillings are not as long-lasting, but they are a more affordable solution. You can speak to your dentist at Phung Tran Dental Clinic about which filling option best suits your needs.

Why would you need a filling?

You may need a dental filling for a variety of reasons. Poor oral hygiene and tooth damage are the leading causes of cavities. Without a proper dental hygiene routine (involving thorough brushing and flossing) cavities may develop over time. If food particles are left in your teeth, the sugars they contain can break down the enamel in your teeth, causing holes or cavities. Grinding, clenching and other oral habits can also weaken teeth and lead to development of cavities. A simple checkup at Phung Tran Dental Clinic will allow your dentist to assess your dental health and see whether you need any dental fillings.

What happens during my procedure?

Having a dental filling applied is a relatively straightforward procedure, however we may need to perform an x-ray to assess the extent of tooth damage. During the procedure, your dentist will numb the area before thoroughly cleaning the tooth and removing any excess plaque or debris. After the dental filling is applied, we’ll check your bite to make sure that the filling will not impact on your normal oral function. Most tooth fillings are applied without the use of local anaesthetic. Clients can request anaesthetic or it may be used in more complex filling procedures.

What happens after my procedure?

At Phung Tran Dental Clinic, our concern for your dental health does not stop when you leave our rooms. After your dental filling is applied, we’ll continue to monitor your health and your happiness with the procedure. Having a filling applied can cause some pain and discomfort and in some cases, you may need to return to the clinic to have your filling smoothed down. If your pain or discomfort persists, please call us as soon as possible so that we can continue to provide the care and support that you have come to expect from our dental clinic. Contact Phung Tran Dental Clinic in Footscray today to discuss your options for dental fillings today.

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Our experts, family-friendly dentists have experience in a variety of dental techniques from first-time dental checkups for children to more advanced cosmetic dentistry. Whether you are here for a general dental checkup, a new set of dentures, a teeth whitening procedure, or your child’s first set of braces, you’ll be treated with a high standard of genuine and compassionate care.

Frequently Asked Questions

Cavities are small openings or holes that appear on teeth as a result of tooth decay. They vary in size and severity and can become painful and lead to other problems if left untreated. 

Cavities are caused by the interaction between bacteria in the mouth and sugars from foods and drinks. The bacteria produce acid, which breaks down the tooth enamel and creates a cavity.

  1. Amalgam Fillings - These Fillings are made with a combination of metals, that include silver, tin copper, and mercury. They are strong and durable that make them suitable for restoring teeth in areas that experience a high biting force (like molars)
  2. Composite fillings - Also known as tooth - coloured or white fillings, these fillings are made with a mixture of plastic resin and glass particles. They can be matched to your tooth colour making them great for areas that are visible.
  3. Ceramic Fillings - Ceramic (also known as Porcelain) fillings are tooth coloured restorations that can be made in a dental laboratory. They are great for large cavities and provide a great match to your teeth.
  4. Gold Fillings - with gold fillings, they are made of a mixture of gold, copper, and other metals. They provide a dura
  5. Porcelain Inlays - custom made fillings bonded to the tooth. Often used on larger tooth restorations to strengthen the tooth.

The time required to complete a dental filling can vary vastly depending on several factors, such as the size, location, and complexity of the procedure. On average one filling can take approximately 20 minutes to an hour.

The length a tooth filling lasts can vary. It depends on what type of filling is used, if proper oral care is done, the size and location of the filling. The common average life span ranges from 5 - 15 years.

You should not feel any pain when having a filling as your dentist will administer local anaesthetic to numb the area being treated. This ensures that you feel comfortable and do not experience any pain during the procedure. If you do feel any discomfort during the procedure it is important to let your dentist know immediately.

It is important to report any prolonged discomfort or pain after the procedure to your dentist immediately.

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