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Dental Fillings at Essential Care Dental

Minimally Invasive Graceville Dentistry

smiling person with white teethRepairing an area of tooth decay doesn’t mean large, unsightly metal fillings. Today’s dental restorations are made of modern materials that bond snuggly with your enamel and blend in with the natural colour of your smile.

Healthier for Your Enamel

White restorations are less invasive to teeth because they do not have to be wedged into place the way amalgam fillings do. This characteristic limits the unwanted removal of healthy enamel surrounding the cavity, because the materials stay in place by physically bonding to the tooth. As such, they can be placed nearly anywhere in the mouth, including the smooth surfaces of front teeth.

Tooth-coloured fillings are free of mercury, so there’s no risk of toxicity for our patients concerned with having a silver filling placed.

Symptoms of Tooth Decay

Not every cavity hurts. Be aware of other potential symptoms of active tooth decay, to intercept your cavity as quickly as possible. Let us know if you’re experiencing any of the following warning signs:

  • A rough or sharp area that you feel with your tongue
  • Sensitivity to specific types of food, such as desserts or sweetened drinks
  • Pain when you’re biting or chewing
  • An acute or dull sensation coming from a specific area of your mouth
  • Visible darkness or discolouration on a tooth
  • Floss or food catching between teeth

What to Expect When You Get a Filling

If you’ve never had a filling before, it’s normal to feel a little nervous. At Essential Care Dental, we offer comfortable options like laughing gas and a local anaesthetic to eliminate possible discomfort and help you relax. After the decaying area is removed with a small tool, we match your tooth against several shades of composite resin to find the colour that blends best. Your dentist will hand shape the material into your enamel, then use a bright light to cure it permanently in place.

Think You Have a Cavity? See Our Dentist Today!

We offer same-day dental appointments six days a week. Contact us to request an appointment today.


* Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.


Dental Fillings Graceville, Sherwood, Oxley, Chelmer QLD | (07) 3333 2011