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What are Tooth Coloured Restorations?

Modern dental techniques mean that tooth coloured restorations (composite fillings, or composite and porcelain inlays) are an effective and conservative way to restore broken teeth.


Tooth Coloured Restorations are often ideal in the following:


  • To repair cavities.
  • To repair chipped or broken teeth.
  • To change the 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 roots of teeth when gums recede.



How are Tooth Coloured Restorations different from Traditional Silver Fillings?


In treating dental decay, tooth coloured fillings help to eliminate tooth sensitivity and eventual tooth loss. 


They offer the following benefits:


  • Made from tooth-coloured material, they are virtually invisible.
  • Unlike metal fillings, they will not expand or contract in response to temperature changes caused by hot or cold foods diminishing the possibility of fracture.
  • They requires less tooth reduction than metal fillings allowing the dentist to conserve more natural tooth structure.
  • The durable material from which they are made helps them last as long as/ much longer than that of conventional amalgam fillings.
  • They can replace silver fillings to create a healthier, more natural-looking smile.
  • By saving decayed teeth, they prevent the need for more extensive treatment later on.



How to Care for Tooth Coloured Fillings?


You may experience some sensitivity and pain after receiving tooth fillings, but this discomfort should subside. Don't neglect your oral care routine. 

Instead, try products designed specifically to protect sensitive teeth. Ask us for the specialised products.



When to Replace a Cavity Filling?


Tooth fillings usually last for many years before they need to be replaced. But tooth fillings can wear out over years of chewing. If you clench or grind your teeth, you may need to have tooth fillings replaced sooner.


If you notice signs of wear on your tooth fillings, such as cracks or worn areas, see your dentist to have the filling replaced as soon as possible. Continuing to chew with a damaged filling can cause the tooth to crack and require additional repair that is more expensive and more complicated than a simple cavity filling. If additional tooth decay develops around a filling, whether or not the filling is damaged, your dentist may choose to repair the tooth with a crown instead of a second cavity filling.



Why do My Teeth still give me trouble after having filled them?


It’s important to know about potential problems, so you can see your dentist promptly to have cavity fillings adjusted or repaired. Possible complications from cavity fillings include:


  • Infection: Sometimes a cavity filling will pull away from the tooth to which it is attached, creating a small space. This space can be a breeding ground for bacteria that can cause additional tooth decay. If you notice a space between your tooth and your cavity filling, visit a dentist as soon as possible.


  • Damage: Sometimes a cavity filling breaks, cracks, or falls out. Damage to a filling can occur when you bite down on something hard or if you are hit in the mouth while playing sports. See a dentist as soon as you notice damage to a cavity filling to avoid irritation and infection of the unprotected tooth.


  • Sensitivity: Sometimes there is a small sensitive spot on a new filling while chewing, which should subside within a week. If it persists longer than 10 days then it is advisable to schedule a dental appointment to get relief.


At Sunfill Dental Clinic we are restoring your health, one restoration at a time.

Summary

There are many advantages of tooth coloured fillings but most important is that the treatment itself can't be distinguished from natural tooth allowing our patients freedom from the unsightly & mismatched silver fillings.

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