Old Fillings

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Your smile can change your entire appearance, old filings in our teeth can make us feel self-conscious and may affect our personal and professional life. Some of the treatment options at Dental Loving Care for old filings are.

Tooth coloured Fillings

Composite fillings that are tooth coloured, no more ugly amalgam.

Inlays/Onlay

Porcelain restoration that can be bonded to your teeth to give it more strength and are the same colour as your teeth

See below for more information

Tooth Coloured Fillings

Composite fillings are a mixture of glass or quartz filler in a resin medium that produces a tooth-coloured filling. They are sometimes referred to as composites or filled resins. Composite fillings provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small-to-mid size restorations that need to withstand moderate chewing pressure. Less tooth structure is removed when the dentist prepares the tooth, and this may result in a smaller filling than that of an amalgam. Composites can also be “bonded” or adhesively held in a cavity, often allowing the dentist to make a more conservative repair to the tooth.

The cost is moderate and depends on the size of the filling and the technique used by the dentist to place it in the prepared tooth. It generally takes longer to place a composite filling than what is required for an amalgam filling. Composite fillings require a cavity that can be kept clean and dry during filling and they are subject to stain and discoloration over time.

Inlays / Onlay

We can use onlay or inlay to replace old filings on back teeth if they don’t have a lot of tooth structure left, but not enough damage for a crown.

Onlays can strengthen teeth unlike amalgam fillings that reduce the strength of a tooth, this will lengthen a tooths life.

Onlays are tooth coloured and are constructed outside the mouth in one or two appointments. With our own state of the art CAD Cam machine we are able to make inlays and onlay in one appointment.