Hide Your Fillings
White fillings are mercury-free, restoring teeth nearly invisibly. They are made from what are called biomimetic materials, meaning they mimic natural tooth structure and so are kinder and healthier to teeth. White fillings do not flex when they come under stress or temperature changes. Also, we can preserve more of your healthy tooth structure when placing a white filling compared with a conventional amalgam.
Why Would I Need a Filling?
You need a filling if a tooth is damaged by decay or has a crack or chip. Any damage to tooth enamel allows disease-causing bacteria to penetrate the tooth, causing infection. Protecting the tooth with a filling restores its appearance, strength and structure, preventing bacteria from entering the tooth.
We provide two types of white fillings made from tooth-coloured composite resin or porcelain.
What Is the Procedure for a Composite Resin Filling?
Composite resin fillings are often placed during a single visit as we can prepare your tooth and apply the resin directly to the prepared cavity. The material is placed in tiny increments and is hardened regularly. Once complete, we gently shape the restoration and polish it to create a natural sheen and lustre.
When Would I Need a Tooth Coloured Composite Resin Filling?
Composite resin fillings are perfect for mending small to medium-sized cavities in teeth and are available in a comprehensive range of different shades and even translucencies. When placing a composite resin filling, we can match the colour accurately to your natural tooth, sometimes using more than one shade to achieve a more cosmetically pleasing result. Composite resin is durable and hard-wearing and bonds strongly to the tooth, creating a restoration that should last several years before it needs replacing.
When Would I Need a Porcelain Filling?
A porcelain filling is known as an inlay or onlay and is used to mend bigger cavities in your back teeth. An inlay repairs the central part of the flat chewing surface, but an onlay is slightly larger and can also restore one or more of the tooth cusps on the inner and outer edges of the tooth.
What is the Procedure for a Porcelain Filling?
Porcelain fillings are made indirectly or outside the tooth. After preparing the cavity, we take an impression of the tooth that is used to custom make the inlay or onlay. While it is fabricated, we protect the cavity with a temporary filling. The temporary filling is removed at your next visit so we can fit your permanent porcelain filling.
For more information, you may reach out to any Dr Smile Family Dentist branch: