Tooth coloured fillings for healthy and attractive smiles
Are you in pain? Got a bad toothache? Then you might have a cavity and perhaps need a filling? The best thing is to make an appointment with us as soon as possible so that we can alleviate the pain, identify the cause and take steps to treat it. If you require a filling then we recommend and use tooth coloured fillings.
What’s the advantage of these white fillings?
The obvious advantage is that white fillings blend visually with your tooth enamel and do not stand out – they just don’t look like a filling at all.
We will choose a shade of white to match to your teeth so no one will be able to even notice them.
Other advantages of tooth coloured fillings are:
- No mercury
- Less sensitivity than the silver amalgam fillings
- Greater strength than a tooth with a silver filling because the filling is bonded to the enamel, not just sitting in the cavity.
The material used is a composite resin that matches the properties of your natural enamel, flexing the same way that your tooth naturally flexes, thus avoiding forces that might crack your tooth. A metal filling contracts and expands more than your natural tooth does and over time this can often crack your tooth or create a gap for another cavity to start.
It contains no mercury. Mercury makes up about 50 percent of metal amalgam. With each hot food or drink, the mercury in your metal filling gives off mercury vapor, which is absorbed by the body. There is controversy as to whether that amount of vapor is harmful to one’s health or not.
While silver mercury fillings have performed well for over 100 years, we believe that white fillings provide an overall stronger, more comfortable, and healthier result.
What should I expect during the filling process?
Here at Alderley Dental in Brisbane, we use a composite resin to store and reshape damaged and decayed teeth in many different ways, including using tooth coloured fillings to fill gaps between teeth, to remove stains and to straighten crooked teeth.
The tooth is first cleaned of any decay or damage and all the bacteria removed. Then your dentists use an intricate set of steps that clean, desensitise and bond the white filling to your natural tooth.
When it is complete, it is hardened with a blue curing light — a step that takes only a few seconds.
Finally, we will test your bite to ensure it is comfortable and your teeth are coming together correctly.
The alternative choices for dental fillings
There are a number of different alternatives that we can use for your fillings.
- Gold an excellent material but only chosen by some due to it being obvious.
- Composite resin: this is our recommended material for small-medium size cavities
- Gold or porcelain inlay/onlay: These materials are best for large cavities due to their durability and strength
- Crowns: We recommend a crown when there is extreme tooth damage (more than 70% of the tooth).
If you would like to learn more about tooth coloured fillings or any of these other options contact Alderley Dental or please Book an appointment online or call our office on (07) 3856 2144 today. We are more than happy to take you through the options, costs and what we recommend for your specific situation.
How will I care for my fillings?
Take care of a tooth coloured filling the same way you take care of a silver filling: Brush, floss, and visit us regularly. We will check the fillings for any colour change, leakage or unusual wear and inform you of the need for repair or replacement.
A dentist with the latest technology in fillings
At Alderly Dental we use CEREC, a dental technology for creating porcelain restorations including fillings, inlays, onlays, crowns and veneers in one single visit.
Find out more about CEREC and its advantages for you as a patient.