What are the different types of filling materials used to restore teeth?
There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Typically, your filling would either be composite resin or porcelain; the choice depends on your tooth strength. You and your dentist can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth.
What are composite filings?
A composite or white filling is tooth coloured and used to repair a tooth by closely matching to the colour of existing teeth. They are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth.
Why consider composite fillings?
Composite fillings are considered for the following conditions:
- Chipped teeth
- Closing space between two teeth
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Worn teeth
How are composite fillings placed?
Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove the decay as necessary. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed. If the decay was near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for added protection. The composite filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.
What can I expect after the composite filling procedure?
It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed; however, this will subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling.
What are the instructions for care and recovery after composite filling procedure?
You will be given care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.
What is the durability of composite fillings?
As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced. They are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long-lasting, beautiful smile.
What are the safety measures we practice with regard to teeth fillings?
We are a strictly amalgam (mercury) free practice. We use only safe, biocompatible tooth coloured filling material for your overall health.
The decision to have your old amalgam fillings replaced is an important one and you want a practice who share the same concerns for safety as you do. All our amalgam replacements are done under a Rubber Dam. These are thin films of latex that isolates teeth with the amalgam fillings and create a barrier between the mercury dust that is produced when amalgam fillings are removed. This means all the mercury waste are safely removed from your mouth without any fear of contaminating your body.