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How long do dental fillings last?

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General Dental Care
BDSc (Hons) (Melb)

Often, when a tooth is physically damaged from decay or trauma, dental fillings are used to replace lost structure. As dentists, we try maximise the lifespan of all fillings by using the best materials placed under ideal working conditions. However, everything in dentistry has a finite lifespan and fillings are no different. A commonly asked Read more...

Why do I need a filling?

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General Dental Care
BDSc (Melb)

There are many instances in which a filling is required. Normally dental fillings are needed when there is a cavity caused by one of the following:  tooth decay (caries) due to sugary diet and bacteria forming acids that dissolve the enamel and dentine. If left untreated, cavities can lead to serious dental problems – including Read more...

Should I replace my amalgam fillings?

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General Dental Care
BDSc (Hons) (Melb)

Not too long ago, amalgam was the material of choice for dentists when placing fillings. Amalgam fillings, when properly done, were inexpensive, easy to place and long lasting. As dentistry has evolved, however, the disadvantages of amalgam have become more apparent. Apart from a lack of visual appeal, one of the main disadvantages of amalgam Read more...

The benefits of a CR filling

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General Dental Care
BDSc (Melb)

Composite resin (or CR) has become increasingly commonly used for fillings due to advances in both techniques and materials, as well as patients’ expectations of natural-looking teeth. CR is a resin-based material made up of a mixture of powdered glass and plastic and it offers a number of advantages over other dental materials. The benefits Read more...