Dental Fillings Brisbane | White Fillings & Porcelain 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, decayed or chipped teeth, and even the most ardent of brushers & flossers may notice wear to their smile. These are issues that your dentist can repair using restorative techniques – such as a dental filling. Your dentist may recommend these treatments to maintain the form and function of your smile and as a preventive measure to protect your teeth from further damage.

We provide a full range of restorative services at our Brisbane dental clinic to help our patients maintain their oral health. Dental restorations are just like your natural teeth and will age, and over time, this may lead to them requiring maintenance or replacement.

At BOH Dental Clinic in Brisbane, we have access to many restorative dental treatments & materials. Below you can learn more about the benefits of different fillings, such as –

  • Tooth Coloured Fillings (also known as White Fillings)
  • Ceramic Fillings
  • Composite Resin Fillings
  • Glass-Ionomer Fillings
  • Amalgam Fillings
  • Gold Fillings

Tooth Coloured Fillings (White Fillings)

We are fortunate that modern dentistry provides many high-quality materials that can be used for dental restorations. Ceramic restorations can be made to match your smile in terms of colour, shade and structure, are biocompatible, durable and lifelike. Others, such as glass-ionomer fillings, find use across many preventive treatments and require minimal preparation of teeth, which makes them ideal for use in children’s dentistry.

These materials give you and your dentist a wide range of treatment choices to improve the aesthetics of your smile and improve your dental health.

We discuss some of the main types of tooth-colored restorative materials below –

Ceramic Fillings (e.g. Porcelain)

Ceramic dental restorations, such as porcelain fillings, are highly valued for several reasons – they are the most aesthetically pleasing dental materials, have an innately high durability, are biocompatible 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.

Composite Resin Fillings

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.

Glass Ionomer Fillings

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.

Traditional Fillings

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).

We discuss the differences between gold and amalgam below – and the reasons that these materials have been used for dental restorations for many years, despite the growing popularity of ceramics and tooth-coloured alternatives.

Amalgam Fillings

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.

Many people seek to replace old amalgam fillings or wish to have old restoration work assessed by a dentist, and we provide these services for all our patients.

Gold Fillings

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, such as the back teeth that experience high grinding forces.

Gold is often considered the benchmark for durable dental materials, and it has been used throughout the history of dentistry. 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.