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Fillings or Direct Restorations

Long-Lasting Tooth Coloured Ceramic Fillings In A Single Visit!Teeth that have decay or are broken must be repaired to prevent further breakdown and additional complications. The damaged part of the tooth is removed and replaced with filling material to restore the tooth to its original shape and function.

To treat a cavity or repair a broken tooth, the dentist will remove the decayed or broken portion of the tooth and then “fill” the area on the tooth, restoring both shape and function. Tooth colored fillings can also be used to improve the cosmetics (color or shape) of disfigured or odd shaped/colored teeth. Fillings can also be used to close gaps, or build up worn teeth or cover up sensitive root surfaces. A variety of different materials can be used to repair a tooth.

Long-Lasting Tooth Coloured Ceramic Fillings (Inlays / Onlays) In A Single Visit!

Thanks to computer technology, tooth-coloured, long-lasting fillings can be delivered in a single visit! Using Computer Aided Design and milling (CAD-CAM) technology, our dentists can create perfected bonded porcelain to ensure an extremely long life for your teeth.

An optical 3D image is acquired using a small camera in your mouth. The restoration is created on the computer screen using the image data. The information is sent to the milling station where diamond coated instruments mill a solid ceramic block to precisely reproduce the design.

White Composite Fillings

Direct tooth-colored filling materials can also be applied in layers. The first step is to pick a shade that matches the tooth. After each layer a special light is used that “cures” or hardens the layer before the next is applied. When the multi-layering process is completed, the filling shape is adjusted as required, any excess trimmed and the restoration polished. The finished filling mimics your natural tooth, wear naturally against your opposing teeth and are relatively long-lasting.

Indirect Fillings: Inlays, Onlays, or Crowns

If the required filling is quite large, generally an indirect filling or restoration is suggested because they are more durable and provide better protection for the tooth. These may be crowns, inlays, or onlays. A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth covering the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and/or to improve its appearance. A number of situations can require a crown. When a cavity extends over a large area of the tooth, a crown can provide enough strength to make the tooth functional again. A root canal results in a brittle tooth that is prone to breaking and requires a crown or onlay to protect it from fracture. Teeth with large cavities or fillings can be restored and made more aesthetic by placing a crown. Crowns can also be used to support the missing teeth in a bridge

White Porcelain Fillings or Crowns

At times porcelain fillings or crowns will be required when a tooth-coloured restoration is desired as porcelain is generally stronger than a white composite filling. Porcelain fillings or crowns provide a very good fit at the margins or edges of the restoration and last a long time. However, because porcelain may wear opposing teeth in some situations, they are not generally recommended for patients with grinding habits.

Gold Fillings, Crowns or Caps

While these restorations are more costly than silver fillings, the precious metal in these last for numerous years, providing exceptional value. They provide an excellent fit in the tooth at the margins or edges of the restoration. In addition, because gold fillings last longer, it means that you are preserving tooth structure as more tooth usually needs to be cut away each time a filling is replaced. A crown is often referred to as a cap and simply means that it covers the entire tooth rather than just filling in part of the tooth with gold.

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