Tooth Coloured Restorations and Fillings
The days of ugly black fillings are now surely numbered. Not only are these mercury-containing fillings unsightly but also detrimental to the health and well being of children and pregnant mothers but also a huge environmental pollutant.
Modern tooth coloured restorations (Fillings) are an effective and conservative way to restore broken teeth. It has been internationally recognised and accepted that the placement of metal/mercury-containing fillings should be abolished, due to several reasons such as the individual’s general health and environmental toxicity.
The O Clinic team do not place mental fillings and haven’t done so for the past 15 years.
The science behind tooth coloured filling materials has moved on considerably. The strength and bonding of these materials mean less healthy tooth surface is removed and a minimal invasive technique can be used.
Tooth coloured restorations are often used in the following:
- To repair cavities/tooth decay
- To repair chipped or broken teeth
- To change colour of discoloured teeth
- To close gaps between front teeth
- To make teeth look longer
- As an alternative to silver amalgam fillings
- To protect the root of teeth when gums recede
Principles of Therapy
What is involved in the restoration of a tooth?
- The decayed area of the tooth, if necessary, will be removed.
- Our dentist will clean the cavity of additional bacteria and debris in order to prepare the area for the restoration.
- The tooth coloured material is then applied in layers
- Once the layering process is completed, our dentist will shape the composite material, trimming off any excess material, and polishing it accordingly. Once the final restoration is applied, your bite will then be checked to ensure that it is functioning properly.