AT THE STUDIO, WE OFFER MANY TYPES OF FILLINGS. WE DO NOT PLACE AMALGAM ‘SILVER FILLINGS’.
WHAT TYPES OF FILLINGS CAN I HAVE PLACED?
We do place white fillings such as composite resins, glass ionomer – fluoride releasing porcelain fillings, laboratory made composite resins and cast gold fillings.
WHAT TYPE OF FILLINGS DO I NEED?
A ‘filling’ is a general term for a material which is used to fill a hole in your tooth. This is done by your dentist and it is placed directly into your mouth.
The hole is usually surrounded in part at least, by sound tooth structure. Common filling materials are composite resins and glass ionomer fillings (both white coloured).
Sometimes half the tooth falls off and the ‘filling’ then just doesn’t fill a hole, it has to do the job of the missing portion of the tooth. In back teeth, this means enlarging the filling to take the pressure of forming the cusp – the mountain peak.
This places higher demands in the restorative material we need to use and you should expect more likelihood of this breaking down again, if you choose the cheaper options.
As there is no tooth structure holding the filling material in place, we need to provide a better hold on the tooth by either;
1. Crowning it
2. Putting pins in it
Each case is unique and Dr. Lavery will discuss what she thinks is best for you.
An inlay is a filling which is made outside of the mouth in a laboratory. Dr. Lavery uses local Australian standards approved technicians who are highly skilled at crafting these restorations.
An inlay still serves the purpose as a filling but usually gives a superior result.
An onlay is an inlay with a extension ‘wing’ that covers one or more of the cusps (peaks) of your teeth on the premolar and molar teeth (back teeth). The extension stops the cusp from splitting away from the main body of the tooth and filling.