Two types of restorations are available, tooth coloured fillings (either composite or glass ionomer) and inlays.
Tooth Coloured Fillings
Composite (white) fillings are the most commonly used filling material in modern dentistry. They are natural in appearance and less of the tooth is removed during preparation than with the traditional amalgam filling. Composite fillings have light reflecting particles to allow colour matching to your natural tooth.
The tooth is prepared by removing all the decay and then treated with a special solution to make the surface slightly rough to ensure a strong bond between the composite material and the tooth enamel.
These are the other alternative to the conventional filling. These restorations are ideally suited for replacing old amalgam restorations.
An inlay is a much more conservative solution and only minimal tooth structure needs to be disturbed.
Decay is removed and cleaned from the tooth and a highly accurate impression is made of the prepared surface. This impression is used to create a model of the tooth that is then sent to our laboratory to create a porcelain (tooth coloured) restoration which is then cemented into the prepared surface of the tooth.
Precious metals such as gold may also be used. Gold is a stronger more durable metal and can resist the forces from chewing and biting better. It is usually only used in back teeth that aren’t so visible.
The Dentists does not use materials containing mercury.