Tooth Fillings

Tooth Fillings

Restorations have changed from years, but many people still have silver/mercury fillings. These fillings are not pleasing to the eye, and also don’t provide the strongest tooth structure. Porcelain and Tooth Coloured Restorations (inlays/onlays) create fillings that are not only beautiful (or unnoticeable) but also add strength to the weakened tooth. Thanks to the new bonding technologies.

Silver Filling – Disadvantages

Drawbacks of Silver fillings are many. The edges of the silver filling can wear down, become weak or break. This results in the tooth not being protected and lets cavities get started once again. With age, the metal of a silver filling expands, contracts, and can split. Silver fillings contain 50 percent mercury. They can corrode, leak and cause stains on your teeth and gums.

Thankfully, most silver fillings can safely be replaced with Tooth-Coloured Restorations.

Advantages of Tooth-Coloured Restorations

Advantages of tooth-coloured restorations are many. Resin inlays/onlays bond to the tooth creating a tight, superior fit to the natural tooth. Such restorations can be used in instances where much of the tooth structure has been lost. The tooth remains intact and stronger.

Resulting in a Very Beautiful Smile

Replacing Silver Fillingsat Carrum Downs Dental Group

Have your silver fillings replaced with tooth-coloured restorations. This process requires one appointment.

For a tooth-coloured restoration:
  • The old filling is removed along with any additional decay.
  • A conditioning gel is placed on your tooth to prepare it for the new restoration.

  • Bonding agent and resin (white filling) is placed on the tooth and a high-intensity light bonds the resin to the tooth.

  • The tooth is then polished

For a porcelain or resin inlay/onlay:
Your first appointment:
  • The old filling is removed along with any additional decay.
  • An impression is made to create a model of your teeth and sent to a Local Australian Dental Lab.

  • A temporary inlay/onlay is placed in the tooth.

At the Local Australian Lab: A resin is carefully placed into the model of your teeth. It is then designed to look natural.

Your second appointment:
  • The temporary inlay/onlay is removed.
  • A conditioning gel is placed onyour tooth to prepare it for the new inlay/onlay.

  • Bonding agent is placed on the tooth and a high-intensity light bonds the porcelain/resin to the tooth.

  • The tooth is then polished.

Your teeth will be restored to a natural look and feel, more importantly they are now stronger and protects your teeth from further damage.

Book an appointment with Carrum Downs Dental (Dandenong-Frankston Rd) on 03-9782 1200 for your Tooth Fillings.