Fillings are one of the most common methods of restoring teeth. They fill a hole in the tooth that has been caused by decay, playing an important role in helping us to keep a tooth for many more years.
We use the most effective, modern, tooth-coloured materials. Unlike the more traditional grey amalgam fillings, the tooth-coloured ones look very natural, so no-one will be able to tell you have them. When the decay has been removed, the tooth is then filled. For tooth coloured fillings, the material is placed into the hole in layers, with a special light being shone on each layer to speed up the setting process.
We will then shape the filling, so that it looks as realistic as possible, and so it does not interfere with the way your teeth meet when you bite and chew. It will feel smooth and should be comfortable immediately. White fillings are only suitable where there is enough tooth structure left to support them. Where a tooth has a large old filling and you would like it replaced with a white material it is usually more reliable to get a porcelain onlay. This is a custom made block of porcelain which fits perfectly in your tooth. White fillings are unsuitable where large cavities in the tooth are present and in more advanced cases, we would use either an inlay or a cerec procedure as seen below.
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|Inlays /Onlays are used when a tooth has been repeatedly filled over time but the tooth is otherwise sound. We would recommend inlays as this is a porcelain unit which is placed where the filling already was. They look great and have good longevity.|
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