When a filling is necessary, we will carefully prepare the tooth by removing any signs of decay to create a clean bonding area. We then build up the filling using a composite resin that is tooth coloured, so it is not only strong, it is also aesthetically pleasing. Our goal is to create a long-lasting filling that can withstand biting force and as such, it can take up to an hour to restore your tooth using a white filling.
INLAYS AND ONLAYS
Inlays and onlays can be used to help restore your tooth if you have a cavity that cannot be repaired using a white filling, but where the tooth is not so damaged that it would require a crown.
The advantage of inlays and onlays over a crown is that the preparation is far less intrusive. Typically, the dentist will only need to remove the decay and then take an impression of the tooth to prepare your inlay or onlay. An inlay sits between the cusps of your molar or premolar teeth on the biting surface while an onlay sits over the top of the tooth and is better suited if the cavity is larger.
The impressions are sent to the dental laboratory to create your inlay or onlay and you will removable a temporary filling to help protect your tooth while you wait. You will be contacted to arrange a time to fix your inlay or onlay to your tooth. This is done using a special adhesive to create a strong and long-lasting biting surface.
BEAUTIFUL & NATURAL LOOKING TEETH
If the damage is minimal there is a good chance that our dentists will recommend either a filling, an inlay or an onlay. These can cover the cavity and restore your tooth and, as they are a natural colour, your treatment will go unnoticed as you flash your smile.