White fillings/ composite resins
For many years, silver metal restorations, such as amalgam fillings, were your only option for repairing cavities and improving oral health. Fortunately, at totalcare we can offer a more aesthetically pleasing option.
With white porcelain fillings/inlays/onlays, we can return decayed teeth to their optimal appearance and function.
A composite tooth filling/restoration is a common option for repairing a cavity made from composite resin, this white material can actually be shaded to better blend with your surrounding tooth structure. Composite fillings are made up of a strong, plastic material that is easy to apply and difficult to detect. This white material produces a long-lasting, natural-looking filling.
Benefits to composite tooth fillings over amalgam fillings
The result is a repair practically invisible to other people. We can complete the dental filling in just one visit, fixing your tooth and preventing further discomfort. Composite tooth fillings are also completely safe and non-toxic.
Tooth inlays and onlays
In some situations, decay or damage may require more than a dental filling. If a tooth doesn’t need a full dental crown, we can offer an alternative with either an inlay or an onlay. These restorations are made in two visits to the practice and are also a durable, cosmetic solution.
- Inlay – consists of a small piece of porcelain crafted at a dental lab by an expert ceramist.
The restoration is used to cover the centre portion of the tooth.
- Onlay – is also fabricated from porcelain to cover the top surface of the tooth or one or more of the cusps. Patients enjoy a conservative approach to dental restoration when compared to a tooth crown.
We use porcelain because the material mimics the appearance of enamel and offers decades of strong and secure smile improvement.
Silver vs tooth-coloured filling: what you should know
Tooth-coloured fillings are safer for your health since they consist of resin or a plastic material. Silver fillings are typically not silver, but a metal alloy that includes several materials with mercury among them. There have been numerous health warnings regarding the overexposure to mercury, which is why pregnant women are warned to stay away from tuna. While many people believe amalgam fillings are perfectly safe, the data can be contradictory from study to study. If you want to avoid the risks that come with mercury exposure, select tooth-coloured fillings or replace your existing silver fillings.
Sometimes the pits and fissures in the back teeth are so deep that it’s impossible for the bristles of a toothbrush to keep the surface clean. This can make it a breeding ground for bacteria which can result in decay. Your dentist will apply a dental sealant, commonly known as a fissure seal, to fill the pits and fissures and act as a barrier to plaque, bacteria and food debris.
This is a common treatment for children to prevent early decay and protect the teeth for the later years.