Tooth Coloured and Amalgam Fillings

Which Filling Is Best For Me?

All modern dental materials are safe. We are always happy to discuss any concerns you have about using one different kind of filling material instead of another.  There are so many different materials available, which look and feel natural and most importantly are biocompatible with the body, that you always have a choice.

Should I Replace My Amalgam Fillings?

You should replace an amalgam if there is a problem with the filling such as:

  • Leaking filling
  • Decay around an old filling
  • Aesthetics
  • Cracking Tooth

One of the most common reasons is that people just don’t like the appearance of the metal in their mouths. Very rarely amalgam fillings can produce an immune reaction in the surrounding gum, which we will discuss with you if it ever occurs.

If you have any specific concerns, or are experiencing tooth pain of any kind please let us know, irrespective of whether you are coming to see us for a general check up or because you have a dental emergency.

Periodontal Treatment

Gingivitis, Periodontitis And Bleeding Gums

Bleeding Gums don’t matter right?  What if every time you brushed your hair there was blood on the hairbrush; most of us would be running to the doctor faster than we’ve ever run before.

Bleeding Gums are an indication of local infection, called gingivitis.  Left untreated the infection can spread into the jaw bone around the teeth (a disease called periodontitis) causing wobbly, sensitive and painful teeth. The good news is bleeding gums are easy to treat.

Bleeding Gums (periodontitis) can be a serious health concern in people with diabetes, heart disease and other chronic disease.



When Should You Extract A Tooth?

  • When it is infected into the nerve and or jaw bone.
  • When there isn’t enough root structure remaining to rebuild a functional tooth.
  • When there isn’t enough space for the tooth (ie. For orthodontics).

Is There An Alternative?

Yes, no tooth replacement is as good as your own teeth.  If there is enough tooth structure remaining the tooth can be saved by treating the infection inside the root canal. Not all toothaches are caused by teeth infections, often something less serious.

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

Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal Therapy

When decay in a tooth is left untreated, the bacteria causing the decay will eventually reach the nerve in the centre of the tooth and infect it.  An infected tooth nerve can be extremely painful. After the infection has killed the tooth nerve, the pain momentarily disappears. It is not unusual for patients to be able to tell us the exact time the tooth nerve died, as the pain goes from 9/10 to almost nothing.  The infection then continues to spread into the jaw bone, with a slowly increasing debilitating pain.

Antibiotics will provide short term relief, but are ineffective in treating the infection as the infected tooth becomes a constant seed of infection into the jaw bone.
Left untreated an infected tooth can result in a severe facial swelling and sometimes hospitalization.

To treat the infection, the bacteria inside the tooth need to be washed out and the tooth filled with antibiotics to disinfect the area.  Once the body has shown signs of healing, the antibiotic dressing is removed and the tooth root canal is sealed to prevent reinfection.  This process can take between 2-3 appointments.  Although root canal can be performed in a single appointment, the chance of reinfection is greater.



A dental crown wraps up a tooth to protect it from cracking or splitting in much the same way as a phone case prevents a dropped phone from cracking.  A dental crown is a good solution to strengthen a tooth, when 50% or more of the tooth structure has already been lost.  They can also be used to hold together a tooth, which has already badly cracked.  Dental crowns are a great way to restore a tooth to a beautiful natural look and feel.

There are many different types of dental crowns available, and the best option will often depend on achieving a balance between strength and aesthetics.  Modern dental crowns look so natural they are indistinguishable from natural teeth.



A dental bridge is a simple and fast way to replace a missing tooth, which looks completely natural.  A dental bridge is made to give teeth back their natural look and feel without an unsightly gap, or to give back more teeth to chew on.

It’s made by using the teeth either side of the missing tooth to act as structural support; a replacement tooth is suspended between them.  It is fixed, meaning doesn’t come in and out of your mouth like a denture.

The main advantage and disadvantage of a dental bridge is that it relies on the teeth either side for support. If a problem develops in the teeth on either side, the bridge may have to be removed

If the teeth on either side of the missing tooth are not strong enough, to replace the missing tooth a dental implant may be considered.



Dentures are an easy way to quickly and economically replace multiple missing teeth.  Modern dentures are more comfortable and natural looking than those of your grandparents.

Dentures are often made using either a metal or plastic framework.  Each have their own advantages and the best outcome will depend on the health of the remaining teeth.

A well-made denture can be a fantastic solution, but can take some getting used too.  If you have a denture but still find yourself struggling to keep it in place or if it is negatively affecting your life, there are now other options.

Implant Retained Removable Denture

Today dentures are often fixed or held in place with 2 or more dental implants.  This gives the advantage of being able to remove the denture for cleaning, but with the stability and security of knowing it’s held in place whilst eating, speaking and laughing.

Permanent Implant Denture/Bridge

If you don’t like the idea of taking your teeth in and out of your mouth, dental implants can again be used to hold permanent replacement teeth in place.  Whether its replacing just the missing teeth on one side of your jaw or all of your teeth, its often possible to have permanent teeth again.

What Option Is Best For Me?

Deciding which options are available and which is the best option for you will often require a 3D x-ray scan of your jaw.  These scans are unfortunately not covered by Medicare and generally cost about $150 at your local radiology clinic.  It is important to realise that dental implants are not a suitable solution for all people, but they are not the only solution.  If you would like to know more information on what your options are, please contact us for an appointment.



Dental Implants – The Closest Thing To Natural Teeth

We would all love to be able to grow new teeth.  The only problem is it takes our bodies about 6 years to grow our first adult teeth. Dental implants look and feel like a natural tooth and can truly change the way people live.  Dental implants can give people back the confidence to eat, laugh, speak and enjoy life. If you have gap in your smile, or an unreliable denture, it might be the solution for you.

What Is A Dental Implant?

A small titanium screw takes the place of the missing tooth root.  The jaw bone recognises the titanium as self and grows onto it creating a stable foundation to rebuild the tooth onto.

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