Dentistry has come a long way in the last 30 years with the advancement of technology comes the improvement of material and the innovation for better and greater things. One of these are tooth coloured fillings. Also commonly known as white fillings which are an aesthetically attractive dental material used to fill cavities or repair tooth decay.
As the white can be shade matched to blend with your other teeth, our dentist will recommend this for teeth restoration near the front of your mouth.
ADVANTAGES OF TOOTH COLOURED FILLINGS
- Tooth coloured fillings are natural looking restorations and are preferable for cosmetic reasons.
- In comparison to other types of fillings, teeth restored using white or tooth coloured fillings are less sensitive to hot & cold.
- White or Tooth coloured fillings do not contain any mercury
- Tooth coloured fillings require less removal of the healthy part of the tooth structure in order to hold the filling in place. This is because white fillings bond to the teeth with an adhesive. As a result, your tooth will be stronger after the procedure, reducing the risk of breakage.
- Back teeth can be restored with this type of filling. Although initially being only suitable for use on the front teeth, with the advancement of strength in the material used, tooth coloured fillings are now recommended for back teeth as well. This filling material is capable of withstanding the pressure and daily wear produced by the back teeth.
Tooth coloured fillings can now also be used cosmetically to reshape disfigured or damaged teeth in the form of veneers. Veneers can not only change the shape but also the colour of your teeth which is a commonly used restorative dental treatment that will give you a natural looking smile.
Inlays are fillings that were traditionally made from gold or amalgam, but can now be made as a white or tooth coloured filling from porcelain, ceramic or composite. They are used to repair back teeth where damage has occurred. Because the back teeth are generally used for grinding and chewing the inlays are very strong to withstand the pressures associated with eating. The inlay piece is glued into your teeth so that the entire inlay piece sits inside the perimeter of the tooth’s cusps.
Onlays are made from the same material but are used to treat more extensively damaged back teeth. As the name suggests, Onlays sit on the cusps of the tooth and are much stronger than other fillings and will increase the strength of the tooth.