Fillings

Composite white fillings are an alternative to silver (amalgam) fillings and can be placed on both front and back teeth for small to moderate-sized cavities. Composite fillings are made from plastic material, mixed with small glass particles.

Advantages
  • Aesthetic
  • Less tooth structure needs to be removed as compared to amalgam fillings
  • Single appointment required and provide strength to teeth
  • Great alternative for small to moderate sized cavities
Disadvantages
  • Longevity: Not as long lasting as indirect porcelain fillings/Inlays & Onlays
  • Can only be used successfully for small to moderate sized cavities

Inlays & Onlays

Inlays and Onlays are “indirect” fillings, which are usually made up of porcelain or ceramic materials. Unlike composite fillings, Inlays/Onlays can be placed in large cavities or stress-bearing areas which need to withstand grinding pressures of the teeth.

Inlays/Onlays often require two dental visits

  • First visit involves removing the decay or the old fillings and preparing the tooth surface for moulds to be taken for dental laboratory. The impression and mould of the prepared tooth is sent to laboratory, where the ceramic/porcelain inlay/onlay is prepared. A temporary filling is applied meanwhile until the next visit.
  • At the second appointment, temporary filling is removed and replaced with custom made inlay/onlay, which is cemented on to the tooth.
Advantages
  • Increased strength: Indirect fillings increased overall strength of the tooth
  • Aesthetic: Fillings can be matched to adjacent teeth, allowing a natural aesthetic appeal
  • Durable: Inlays/Onlays can last up to 10 years
  • Conservative approach when compared to full Crown
Disadvantages
  • Cost: Indirect fillings can be costly due to high-quality materials being used during manufacture

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