White or tooth coloured fillings are often a great option for treating cavities as they will blend in beautifully with your existing tooth. They can be used to replace old amalgam or gold fillings, achieving a more natural tooth-like appearance. Tooth coloured fillings are also a more conservative approach for restoring teeth.
Large amalgam fillings containing mercury can lead to the fracture of the surrounding tooth structure as they expand and contract with any changes in temperature and they also need more extensive cavity preparation. With white fillings, our dentist will not need to remove healthy tooth structure, which is the case with older style restorations.
Depending on the size and extent of the decay present, there are two options for white fillings.
The first is a composite resin filling procedure. This is a direct procedure that can be completed on the day of your visit. Composite resin is a material that is adapted to the shape of your tooth and hardened with a special blue light.
For larger broken down teeth where composite restorations would not be strong enough, an indirect restoration of high grade porcelain may be required and which can also be completed in a single sitting. These are known as inlays or onlays depending on the size. These are precision-made using the very latest CAD/CAM technology and high grade porcelains, selected for their strength, durability and natural appearance. Instead of a mould, your tooth is scanned before the restoration is milled on-site from a block of pure porcelain, resulting in a precision-made and beautifully strong filling.
To make an appointment at our Newcastle practice, please call (02) 4048 0882. We are located at Elermore Shopping Centre, 137 Croudace Road, Elermore Vale NSW 2287.
You can make an appointment at our Tuncurry practice on (02) 6555 8989. We are located at 2/25 Manning St, Tuncurry NSW 2428.
For appointments in Wingham, please call (02) 6553 0220 or visit the practice at 1/101 Isabella St, Wingham NSW 2429.