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Dental Fillings in Stoke And Nelson

Woman with smile in chairWhile no one likes to be told they need a filling, we’ve made incredible advancements in treating cavities over the years. Gone are the days of painful, time-consuming cavity treatments.

At Fresh Dental, you can receive a filling in just one visit without feeling any pain.

What Are They?

Fillings are restorations that repair and rebuild teeth harmed by cavities. After removing the damaged portion of the tooth, the filling seals out bacteria and protects the tooth so that it can function normally.

Our fillings work well in most mouths, and wear well. They’re an inexpensive way to restore a problem tooth, and improve your smile.

Choices in Restorative Materials

Materials used for fillings may include composite (tooth-coloured) or amalgam (silver). We may also use glass ionomer for tricky situations and children. It’s very sticky, which works well for kids.

Composite fillings are more aesthetically pleasing and generally less invasive. Amalgam fillings are useful for large cavities where cost is a concern. During your examination, we will discuss the options with you, so that you can make an educated decision about your filling material.

Amalgam (Silver) Fillings

Amalgam fillings, although they have a longer life, are less attractive and tend to expand with age, causing the tooth to weaken and often crack. When cost is a concern, silver fillings are generally less expensive.

Advanced Composite (Tooth-coloured) Fillings

Composite fillings are attractive, affordable, and tend to strengthen a tooth weakened by decay. In our practice, we often suggest these “white” fillings, as they’re nearly indistinguishable from your natural tooth.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will a filling last?

Most fillings will last about 7-10 years, depending on the size of the filling.

How do I know if I need a filling?

If you’re experiencing pain in a tooth, that may be a sign of a problem with decay that needs to be addressed. Those with chipped teeth are also candidates to receive a filling.

What is the process for getting a filling at your practice?

When you come to the practice, we’ll take an X-ray to determine what’s happening with your tooth. We’ll clean out the decay, repair the problem area, and restore your tooth to its full function and shape.

Are there any other questions you hear often?

Patients ask if there will be any pain. In most cases, the answer is no; the procedure is done under local anaesthesia.

Learn More Today

The earlier your dentist repairs your cavities, the smaller and more affordable your filling will be. Contact Fresh Dental today!


Dental Fillings Stoke, Nelson, Richmond NZ | 03 547 6799