White Or Teeth-Coloured Fillings?
White fillings or tooth-coloured fillings (also known as composite fillings) are now being used more often than traditional mercury ones. One reason being that they are more attractive, as they match the colour of your natural tooth, unlike the mercury/amalgam types. White fillings last just as long and have no negative side-effects. After receiving white fillings, you will not only feel more at peace that you are restoring your natural teeth, but you will also feel more confident when you smile.
The Benefits of Composite Fillings
Avoid swallowing harmful mercury substances from the traditional silver fillings. The white coloured adhesives are therefore much safer for you.
- They are highly customisable. This means you are able to have fillings that coordinate exactly to your natural teeth. The end result will be barely noticeable to others.
- The filling requires less tooth removal. Although we must remove the decay and clean the affected tooth, less is still removed. This further adds to the durability of the filling when applied to your natural tooth.
Usually, the white or natural-looking substance that is added to your teeth is made of composite materials. Our staff will answer any questions you have about this new way of removing cavities and adding fillings.
Our Cavities and Fillings Process
Before we fill your tooth, we remove all the decay. We make sure it is as clean as possible. We use the most advanced bonding agent, “3M ESPE S3”. The bond helps reduce post operative sensitivity. We also make sure it is sterilised to prevent further spread of bacteria that otherwise could accumulate and spread to other areas of the mouth.
We may also combine a variety of other techniques, such as light sanding to ensure that the filling material adheres properly. We measure the exact shape of bonding material that is needed, and sculpt it to perfection to replicate your natural tooth.
Replacing Broken or Chipped Teeth
Aside from repairing cavities (decays), we also use dental composite to repair chipped or broken teeth. This solution is often preferred because it costs less than pulling the entire tooth and replacing it with an implant.
This is a process that the dentists at Alexandra Hills Dental carefully considers before administering treatment. The objective regardless of whether you need fillings or adhesive bonding is to prevent further damage or decay.