Natural looking repairs for damaged teeth

Many people will have a filling of one sort or another during their lifetime, but today, because we are much more conscious of our smiles, there is a natural looking alternative. White composite fillings blend beautifully into your tooth, and can even be used to replace silver amalgam fillings for a more natural look. For larger areas of damage, porcelain inlays provide vital strength while also improving the appearance of your tooth.

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Why have a white filling or inlay?

White fillings and inlays are a popular choice with many patients who are looking for a more aesthetic alternative to the very visible silver amalgam version.

They look just like part of your natural tooth once fitted, and add much needed strength to otherwise weak or broken down teeth. White fillings and inlays sit within the tooth cavity and do not require any of your existing tooth structure or enamel to be removed, making them a very effective restoration.

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What does the treatment involve?

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The treatment process for your natural looking tooth restoration varies depending on whether a filling or inlay is required. We begin both treatments by carefully removing the decayed part of the tooth and giving it a clean.

For a composite filling to be fitted, we apply a special gel to the tooth, creating an appropriate surface for the composite material to bond to successfully. We layer the composite onto your tooth, taking care to ensure it is the perfect colour. It is moulded to the correct shape and hardened using a blue UV light so it sets immediately. We then polish your tooth to give it a sparkling natural look.

For a porcelain inlay, we take an impression of your tooth so your custom inlay can be made to completely match the area needing to be filled. A temporary restoration protects your tooth until your next appointment. When your inlay is ready, we check it for fit and comfort before fixing it permanently in place using strong dental adhesive.

Frequently asked questions

  • The best way to look after your white filling or inlay is to treat it like your natural tooth. Brush and floss regularly to avoid any build ups of decay which could affect your teeth or gums and make sure you visit your dentist for regular check up appointments to keep your oral health on track.

  • Yes, it is very easy to repair a composite filling. As the composite material bonds to itself as well as to natural tooth enamel, small areas of damage to your filling can easily be mended without issue. If the damage is larger, we may choose to replace it entirely, but this still takes place in a single appointment.

  • Your inlay or filling will not last forever, and is likely to become weaker over time as a result of daily chewing forces. It is unlikely that it will completely fall out, but if it does, please contact us as soon as possible so we can arrange an appointment for you to come in for a replacement.

  • Yes, a white filling looks like a completely natural part of your tooth. We colour match the composite material so it blends beautifully, and other people will not be able to tell it is there at all.

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