Tooth damage may arise from either trauma or prolonged decay, resulting in fractures or chips.
However, this degradation came to be, it’s imperative that you receive the appropriate treatment.
A filling is more than an aesthetic procedure. It rectifies the damage to the tooth’s structure and provides a sealant to the surface. This sealant prevents bacteria buildup and future infections.
The Two Types of Dental Restorations
When it comes to tooth-coloured restorations, it isn’t a one-size-fits-all scenario. We work with our patients to discover which filling would be the most appropriate to meet their needs.
There are two distinct categories of fillings: direct or indirect restorations.
The best option for you depends on your circumstance and the degree of your dental breakdown.
Regardless of type, all of our fillings work to blend seamlessly into your mouth. We can relieve any discomfort you’re experiencing and restore your smile.
This procedure is preferable when the damage to the tooth is relatively small.
With a direct restoration, the dentist will inject a composite resin directly into the cavity. The filling seals it and merges seamlessly with the rest of your teeth.
Composite resin is highly effective as it is entirely malleable. It looks like your natural teeth and fits the contours of your tooth perfectly.
The procedure for direct restorations is relatively simple. First, we will clean the cavity of any bacteria. Then, we apply a painless phosphoric gel to create small grooves within the tooth. This gel allows a firmer grip for the liquid adhesive later applied.
After applying the composite resin, we secure it via a blue light after each layer. Wollongong Dentist 4 U uses state-of-the-art dental technology to give you naturally coloured fillings.
When the damage to the tooth is more extensive, we will use indirect restorations.
We construct indirect restorations outside of the mouth and insert them in a follow-up appointment. The fillings often take the form of caps made of porcelain or a similar ceramic.
We take exact measurements of your cavity via computer to ensure the cap fits perfectly. The completed restoration isn’t detectable and fits comfortably into your mouth. With this option, you won’t have to fear the filling coming loose.
Depending on the severity of the cavity, we can implant indirect restorations as inlays (internal fillings) or onlays (caps atop the tooth).
The procedure is more complicated than with direct restorations. Firstly, the dentist will clean the cavity of bacteria and debris. Using a camera and computer software, we make a composite design of your personal inlay/onlay. We will fit the filling in or on your cavity.
Our indirect restorations leave you with a teeth-coloured filling that is durable and seamless.
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Need tooth-coloured dental fillings in Wollongong? Book a consultation today. We’re happy to provide you with more information and discuss your options for a tooth-coloured smile!