Even with the most thorough brushing and flossing routine many people will at some stage require a filling, because of a cavity or tooth decay. This is a hole in your tooth that has grown bigger and deeper over time. Cavities will occur if you do not brush and floss your teeth regularly. It is important to have cavities repaired as soon as possible to prevent further damage and save the tooth.
Many people have amalgam (silver) fillings that have progressively blackened over time and caused staining of the teeth. Although amalgam is a functional material it does have several disadvantages. The most obvious problem is its unsightly appearance.
We use the latest composite fillings which are safe and are colour matched to blend in with your natural teeth – they are virtually invisible. White Fillings look just like your natural teeth so they will not detract from your smile. Most cosmetic fillings are made from Composite Resin that can be placed in a single visit. Composite Resin Fillings are also bonded to the tooth surface, meaning the joins are sealed preventing further decay of the surrounding tooth structure.
In dentistry, an inlay is usually an indirect restoration (filling) consisting of a solid substance (as gold, porcelain or less often a cured composite resin) fitted to a cavity in a tooth and cemented into place. This technique involves fabricating the restoration outside of the mouth using the dental impressions of the prepared tooth, rather than placing a soft filling into the prepared tooth before the material sets hard.
An onlay is the same as an inlay, except that it incorporates a replacement for a tooth cusp by covering the area where the missing cusp would be. Crowns cover all surfaces of the anatomical tooth crown.
On Onlay or Inlay is the most conservative with tooth structure.