Dental Restoration & Dental Fillings | Ceramic & Tooth Coloured Fillings
Dental restorations are a set of fundamental dental treatments that aim to replace the structural loss to your teeth, from tooth wear, decay, or trauma. The most common of these treatments is the dental filling.
It only takes one bite, and many of us have felt it… that feeling when your tooth hits that hard lolly or piece of ice, and next thing you know you are sporting a chipped tooth!
Often we see cracked or chipped teeth, and even the most ardent of brushers & flossers may damage their teeth. Often, this damage can be repaired using restorative techniques, and your dentist will co-ordinate any necessary treatments to help you maintain the form and function of your smile. In many cases, your dentist can even restore the tooth directly at your dental appointment.
However, these restorations are just like your natural teeth and will age over time. This may lead to them requiring maintenance or replacement. We provide a full range of restorative services at our Brisbane dental clinic, and help our patients maintain these throughout their lifetime.
At BOH Dental Clinic in Brisbane, we have access to many restorative dental treatments & materials. Read below to learn more about your options, from tooth coloured fillings (or white fillings) and CEREC to more traditional restorative materials, such as gold and amalgam fillings.
White Fillings & Tooth Coloured Fillings
Modern dentistry has provided many new materials that can be used for dental restorations, and luckily, many of them can match your smile in terms of colour and structure.
These materials give you and your dentist a wide range of treatment choices to improve the aesthetics of your smile, and we discuss some of these materials below –
Porcelain and Ceramic fillings are highly valued for several reasons – they are the most aesthetically pleasing dental materials, have an innately high durability, and most closely match the properties of your natural teeth.
- Best aesthetics of all fillings – natural shine, lustre and transparency all matched.
- Ceramic fillings have a high durability and lifespan.
- Typically requires multiple visits to complete treatment.
Our porcelain and ceramic fillings are processed in our dental laboratory, Studio 12. While they may require more time to prepare and place than other modern techniques, the resulting product is unmatched in quality, design and lifespan.
Visually pleasing and made to match with your natural dental aesthetics, composite resin fillings are a mixture of plastic and glass compounds that mimic the colours of a natural tooth.
- Ideal for placement in front teeth and as small fillings.
- Lower cost and less treatment time in chair than porcelain or ceramics.
- Shorter lifespan than porcelain and ceramic fillings
Composites are relatively versatile, but they are not as well suited for large or deep fillings, particularly on molar teeth, as other restorative materials. In these cases, porcelain, ceramic or traditional silver filling compounds provide a mechanically stronger alternative and will last much longer.
CEREC restorations are a specific type of high-quality, computer designed, and milled ceramic dental restoration.
- Unlike laboratory-made ceramic restorations, CEREC can often be completed in one visit.
- Same high-quality material as laboratory-made ceramic restorations.
We can also use CEREC to make crowns and veneers for patients requiring tooth implants in Brisbane. You can read more about Ceramic Restorations, and the technology behind the CEREC system, on our dedicated page here.
With little to no drilling or preparation needed for placement, glass ionomers are fillings that are perfectly suited for babies and children, and for fillings around the gum line.
- Minimal drilling or preparation required.
- Great for gum line fillings and moist areas in the mouth.
- Suitable for babies and children.
Composed from a combination of acrylic acids and fine glass, glass ionomer fillings are relatively weak when compared to other filling materials – so they are not suitable for biting surfaces.
Glass ionomers do not generally match the translucency of natural teeth as well as porcelain, ceramics, or composites, however they are valued for their ability to release chemical compounds into the nearby area, such as cavity-fighting fluoride.
Amalgam (also known as silver) and gold fillings have been relied upon for generations, but with the development of filling techniques that match the colour of your teeth, they have seen a downturn in popularity.
Traditional fillings are still commonly used in areas of the mouth where biting pressure is higher and the fillings are not very visible, such as the molars. These materials are robust, provide strength and structure, and have been known to last a very long time (particularly gold).
Amalgam fillings (also known as silver fillings) have been used in dentistry throughout history because of their low cost, high durability, one-visit completion and ability to withstand biting forces.
Gold is considered the oldest restorative dental material, and gold restorations have proven themselves time and time again! Gold fillings are highly useful where a very strong material is required and there is minimal space to place a filling.
Gold is the most durable dental material. With a remarkable lifespan, gold is a material with superior properties to amalgam – it displays even better resistance to corrosion, and provides a different aesthetic to silver that some people may find more visually appealing.
Prosthodontist & Dental Restoration Specialists
Fillings are a common dental restoration performed by most dentists, however, some restorations may require further expertise. At BOH Dental, we have access to a specialist Prosthodontics department, providing a full range of restorative dentistry –
Every patient receives a complete consultation to fully understand their treatment alternatives and options, so from simple fillings to tooth implants in Brisbane – you can be assured personalized, quality care from your dentist in Brisbane CBD.
During any of our treatments, your BOH Dentist in Brisbane CBD will advise you which material is best suited to your tooth that requires restoration, and ensure your comfort throughout the restoration process.
Bonded Porcelain Restorations
In our video (below), Dr David Ashton debates the benefits of a bonded restoration, a modern technique that allows our dentists to preserve more of your tooth.
“Scientific studies tell us that – the more tooth structure that can be retained on an individual tooth, the longer that tooth will remain in the mouth. So it makes good sense, not to cut off good tooth structure that is healthy,” says Dr Ashton.