Tooth Coloured Fillings
Our clinicians use their thorough knowledge of material science and clinical outcome data to choose the right material for the right situation.
Restorations have come a long way since the amalgam, silver or gold materials of the past. At Morgan Street Dental Centre we offer our patients long-lasting tooth-coloured solutions to treat decay, protect heavily worn teeth or replace defective restorations.
If you have fillings dating back to childhood, chances are they are amalgam, silver or gold. They do not bond to tooth structure so are prone to staining, leakage and can weaken the tooth.
While these restorations have historically provided patients with good longevity, they are unsightly and may affect your presentation, ability to socially interact, smile and laugh. It’s relatively simple to replace these old fillings using a resin tooth-coloured restoration. For larger restorations, we recommend using an inlay or onlay, made of porcelain and customised to the shape of your tooth and harmonised with your bite relationship.
Tooth-coloured fillings are made of composite resin that sets hard on activation with a special light. They are appropriate for small to medium size restorations. They can last up to several years and can be reasonably aesthetic at a low cost.
Inlays or Onlays
If a moderate to large amount of tooth structure needs to be restored, we use stronger dental ceramics. We prepare the cavity form and take an impression, which is sent to our ceramist along with a detailed prescription of tooth shade and a copy of your bite. Our ceramist then constructs a custom made ceramic restoration, which is then adhesively bonded to your tooth at a second appointment.
If a larger portion of the tooth requires replacement, particularly teeth with strong impact requirements (e.g. molars), it is best to choose a dental crown for longevity and structural purposes.
If you would like to know more about which restorative option will suit you best, please contact us for a consultation.