Gone are the days when getting a filling meant a dark, unsightly amalgam filling. With the advancement in dental technology, we can now offer you strong, long lasting tooth coloured fillings that can be difficult to distinguish from your natural teeth.
Composite Resin fillings
Composite fillings are a resin plastic material that are bonded to the tooth structure and can be matched to blend in with your tooth’s natural colour. They are set with a curing light (similar to ultra-violet).
Glass Ionomer Cement fillings
GIC's are also tooth-coloured fillings which we often use. They are not quite as aesthetic as composite resin but have the best long term bond and seal and they release Fluoride to help prevent any further decay. They can also be used as a base with an overlay of composite.
Compomers, Resin-modified GICs
These are a combination of composite resins and GICs and have a mixture of their properties.
Crowns, also sometimes called 'Caps', wrap around and over the tooth to provide the most protection and are cemented into place. They are used when there is little original tooth structure remaining or the tooth needs extra protection such as after root canal tretment.
These are also tooth-coloured and can be made of ceramics or composite resin, and are cemented into place. These are for the back teeth where strength is required without taking away too much original tooth structure
These are a thin layer of tooth-coloured filling. Porcelain veneers are cemented onto the outside of the front teeth, whilst Composite veneers are bonded directly to the teeth. They require less trimming back of the tooth than crowns and can be made of Porcelain, Composite Resin or Acrylic. They can be made for an individual tooth - such as when the nerve has died and the tooth has gone dark, or when a tooth is crooked and we try to make it look straighter -- or they are commonly made as a matching group of 4, 6, or even 10 teeth for a whole new smile.
Gold Crowns and Inlays
Gold has been used for centuries to restore teeth and is very long lasting. It can be used as a crown to completely wrap around and protect a tooth - usually in teeth that have little original enamel remaining, or that have had root canal treatment. Or as a filling to replace part of a tooth and often protect what remains. It is usually mixed with some other metals for extra strength and wear resistance. Gold fillings must be cemented into place as they do not bond directly to teeth.
Porcelain fused to metal Crowns
These are aesthetic crowns which have tooth-matching porcelain on the outer surface which is bonded to a metal base for extra strength. These are also cemented into position
Sounds like 'Jaws' but pre-formed Stainless Steel crowns can be used to hold badly damaged teeth together in both adults and chidren. They are strong and smooth so that they are easy to clean.
Stainless Steel bands are sometimes used to protect a tooth from splitting or hold a split together. This is usually a temporary restoration to be followed by a crown. They are similar to orthodontic bands.
An amalgam is any alloy of metals which forms a new stronger compound when bound together by mercury. They have been in use in dentistry for over a century and are one of the strongest and most durable fillings.
They are sometimes called 'silver' fillings as silver, tin and copper are 3 of the main components. They do tarnish with time and can stain remaining tooth structure.
Our practice has not used Amalgam fillings for the past decade or so for aesthetic reasons and in case there are health complications. (N.B. Millions of people have had many amalgam fillings for decades without any sign of problems - however some other people have had better health after having their amalgams removed).