What Are Tooth Coloured Fillings
Tooth-colored fillings are an alternative to traditional metal fillings and fall into two categories; direct and indirect. A direct restoration also called Resin Fillings applied in one appointment. Indirect restorations (inlays or onlays) are made of Porcelain materials fabricated by a dental laboratory. These restorations usually take two appointments.
Tooth-coloured fillings restore and mimic the natural appearance of tooth structure. In addition to restoring teeth that have fractured or decayed, tooth coloured fillings may also be used cosmetically to change the size, colour and shape of teeth. This quality is particularly useful in closing gaps between teeth; repairing chipped teeth and making teeth appear to be more straight or even.
At Doncaster Hill Dental we only use tooth-coloured material. Completely non-metallic (mercury free).
Cosmetic dentistry has come a long way in the last several decades. Tooth coloured fillings are a perfect example. Once upon a time, having cavities filled made it very noticeable and not too attractive, metal filling. How times have changed. Today dentists have an impressive array of tools and materials to work with and repairing a tooth has become a lot like sculpturing a fine piece of art.
Tooth coloured fillings are made of composite resins or porcelain. Composite resins are made from plastic and glass that is not just good looking but also better for your teeth.
Metal Fillings VS Tooth Coloured Fillings
metal fillings may require your dentist to remove your healthy part of the tooth with a drill to create a little ledge or undercut with lots of filling in place. Modern filling materials don’t need those undercuts to stay in place. In fact, today’s tooth coloured fillings material physically attach or bond to natural tooth structure. Composite resins can be applied directly on top of your teeth, sculpted and then pardoned with a special light. It is really amazing how artistic and life-like tooth restorations with composite resins are.
Here’s something else to consider. Metal fillings are strong, but they are also stiff, which can actually stress the teeth making them more likely to cracking. Tooth coloured fillings are strong but are also flexible. When you bite or chew, they absorbed and transfer the forces to natural teeth. So they mimic your teeth colour, but also function.
When your cavity is deeper or too large to use composite resins your dentist may suggest porcelain filling. Sometimes, with the use of new digital technology, the dentist can fabricate the porcelain filling as you wait. More often, it is crafted in the dental laboratory and then delivered to your dentist to place in your tooth during a subsequent visit. Either way, it will be virtually impossible to tell if your tooth has a filling.