Tooth Coloured Fillings

Tooth Coloured Fillings

Life-Like Restorations

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 a very little amount of sensitivity after receiving tooth fillings, but this will soon 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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Frequently Asked Question's about Tooth Coloured Fillings

What is a Cavity, & how does it form?

Your mouth is a busy place. Bacteria – tiny colonies of living organisms are constantly on the move on your teeth, gums, lips and tongue. Having bacteria in your mouth is a normal thing. While some of the bacteria can be harmful, most are not and some are even helpful.

Certain types of bacteria, however, can attach themselves to hard surfaces like the enamel that covers your teeth. If they’re not removed, they multiply and grow in number until a colony forms. These colonies of bacteria will erode away your enamel surface. This is not solvable by Home remedies or at home care. immediate attention is advised as it can cause major consequences if left alone.

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My teeth have some black colour fillings which show when I talk?

The black filling material uses in your teeth is Silver amalgam. It contains mercury which leaks into the tooth and causes it to look blackish in colour. This mercury could leak over time and be ingested by you which could be dangerous. 

However, it is easily replaceable. There are a number of other tooth-colour restorative materials currently available that can be used to replace old amalgams fillings to give your teeth a more natural and safe look. There is a difference and you have a choice, just ask Us!

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My Tooth gives me a sharp pain when I eat something Sweet?

When sugary foods cause pain in tooth then you could be developing a cavity or it could be due to gum recession.

Both these causes can be treated by us by tooth coloured fillings in just a single appointment so you can indulge in whichever sweet you want with out the pain.

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There are holes in my teeth which traps food which requires me to use a tooth pick?

Holes which trap food in your teeth are indicative of deep cavities. Immediate Dental intervention is recommended to prevent any further costly damage. The treatment takes a single sitting and will provide long term relief from the need to dig out food using toothpicks.

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Will injections be given during the treatment?

We at Sunfill Dental Clinic have the latest technology in Dentistry which allows us to provide the treatment with almost no pain at all. this makes the need for injections irrelevant. So you don't have to worry when you are treated by us about pain.

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Fillings which are similar to the Natural Tooth