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Cosmetic Fillings

The clear alternative to traditional silver fillings.

The Problem:

  • Decay on a portion of any front tooth
  • Breakage of a small portion of any tooth
  • Small areas of decay on back teeth
  • Desire to maintain a white smile.

The Solution:

A composite filling is a tooth coloured quartz-like material. After tooth decay is removed and cleaned, this tooth coloured material is layered into the tooth. Each layer is hardened or cured with highly intense visible light, and the final surface is shaped and polished to match the tooth. The final restoration is virtually invisible.

Advantages:

Composite fillings are attractive. They bond directly to the surface of the tooth. They protect the tooth from fracturing because they don’t require the severe “undercut” of a silver filling.

Disadvantages:

The initial investment in a composite filling is higher than that for a silver filling. This is due to the fact that the composite material is more expensive and the restoration is more difficult and time consuming to place. However, this initial higher investment is offset in the long run by the health benefits and reduced likelihood of restoring potentially fractured teeth.

Alternatives:

Crowns – porcelain for anterior teeth and some posterior teeth or full gold crown for the second molar teeth or Zirconia crowns which are strengthened Porcelain, a bit like white steel.