Cosmetic » White Fillings
To treat a cavity your dentist will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and then "fill" the area on the tooth where the decayed material was removed. Fillings are also used to repair cracked or broken teeth and teeth that have been worn down from misuse.
Teeth can be filled with silver amalgam or tooth-colored materials called composite fillings.
Although there is mercury in Dental Amalgam, once it is combined with the other materials in the amalgam alloy filling its chemical nature is changed rendering it harmless. Whilst tooth coloured fillings are becoming more popular, amalgam fillings represent a durable and long-lasting form of filling.
Composite (tooth coloured) fillings
At Dental Solutions, we always endeavour to use the best modern aesthetic materials whenever possible and are happy to discuss the individual options available to clients who would prefer to have their amalgam fillings safely removed and replaced with long lasting cosmetic alternatives.
Indirect fillings are similar to composite or tooth-colored fillings except they are made in a dental laboratory and require two visits before being placed. Indirect fillings are considered when not enough tooth structure remains to support a filling but the tooth is not so severely damaged that it needs a crown.
Inlays and onlays are more durable and last much longer than traditional fillings -- up to 30 years. They can be made of tooth-colored composite resin, porcelain, or gold
The location and extent of the decay, cost of filling material and your dentist's recommendation assist in determining the type of filling best for you.