Fillings – It’s a word that sends shivers down the spines of many people – but that needn’t be the case in this day and age. Technological advancements have not just improved the materials used but also the method.
We have a range of pain management and sedation options available to our clients to help make treatments as painless and stress-free as possible.
Composite Resin fillings
Visually pleasing and made to match with your natural dental aesthetics, composite resin fillings are a mixture of plastic and glass compounds that mimic the colours of a natural tooth.
- Ideal for placement in front teeth and as small fillings.
- Lower cost and less treatment time in chair than porcelain or ceramics.
- Shorter lifespan than porcelain and ceramic fillings
Composites are relatively versatile, but they are not as well suited for large or deep fillings, particularly on molar teeth, as other restorative materials. In these cases, porcelain, ceramic or traditional silver filling compounds provide a mechanically stronger alternative and will last much longer.
Glass Ionomer fillings
With little to no drilling or preparation needed for placement, glass ionomers are fillings that are perfectly suited for babies and children, and for fillings around the gum line.
- Minimal drilling or preparation required.
- Great for gum line fillings and moist areas in the mouth.
- Suitable for babies and children.
Composed from a combination of acrylic acids and fine glass, glass ionomer fillings are relatively weak when compared to other filling materials – so they are not suitable for biting surfaces.
Glass ionomers do not generally match the translucency of natural teeth as well as porcelain, ceramics, or composites, however they are valued for their ability to release chemical compounds into the nearby area, such as cavity-fighting fluoride.
Amalgam (also known as silver) and gold fillings have been relied upon for generations, but with the development of filling techniques that match the colour of your teeth, they have seen a downturn in popularity. Amalgam fillings are still very useful for areas of the mouth where biting pressure is higher and the fillings are not very visible, such as the molars.