Tooth Coloured Restorations

There is now an amazing alternative to metal amalgam fillings: tooth-coloured fillings. Advances in biomaterial technology have made tooth-coloured fillings. You can have total confidence in their physical properties as these have now become the standard of care.

Choose from a number of types of tooth-coloured fillings:

Composite Fillings

Composite quartz resin (durable plastic) containing a light-sensitive activating agent makes up the materials for this type of filling. It is bonded into place and hardened with light. The filling is hardened in 10 seconds with our practice’s intensified ‘arc light’ technology. These are known as ‘white’ fillings and are the type most often used. They are also used in cosmetic dentistry as composite veneers, often referred to as ‘bonding’, or to fix up chips.
These come in a variety of tooth shades to match your own particular tooth colour.

Glass Ionomer Fillings

These fillings are not suitable for front teeth as the variety of shades is restricted. They are used for areas of the tooth that aren’t stress-bearing, and for small cavities because they are not as strong as composite fillings. However, a significant advantage is that they contain ‘fluoride’, which helps prevent decay, and are usually used in back teeth.

Porcelain, Artglass, Belleglass, or Composite Inlays

Similar to porcelain veneers in process, inlays require two appointments as they need to be created in a dental laboratory. To overcome some limitations of the older generation composite materials used in large cavities, these procedures have become common. The superior strength of inlays means that they can be an alternative to a crown in fractured back teeth or extra large cavities.