Tooth Coloured Fillings and Inlays
Fillings and inlays
Fillings are used to fill in gaps that are caused by tooth decay. It restores the function and integrity of missing tooth structure. The factors considered in choosing to have a filling is the extent of the damage and how much restoration is needed. Dr Fernandes offers tooth coloured fillings and blends in with the natural colour of your teeth. These are some of the best restorations that you can get when it comes to the aesthetic appearance of fillings.
How do you know if you need a filling?
Only a dentist can assess whether you need a filling or not. You will need to book an appointment for a comprehensive oral assessment. During your dental assessment, your dentist will use a small mirror to perform an oral examination to examine the surfaces of your teeth. Dr Fernandes will be able to see the areas you are unable to see clearly on your own.
Anything that does not look normal and healthy will be carefully evaluated with dental equipment. X-rays of your entire mouth or a concerning section may be taken for a closer look which will determine what you need. This will confirm how deep the filling needs to go and ensure the safety of the treatment.
What are inlays?
Inlays have similarities to dental crowns but are a less invasive option. Fillings are just moulded into place while inlays have to go through the lab to create the structure that replicates the surface of a natural tooth. The procedure can generally be completed within at least two dental visits.
What is the difference between inlays and onlays?
When the material is bonded within the centre of the tooth, it is an inlay. Onlays require that the biting surface of the tooth be covered. The option that you end up opting for will be dependant on your individual needs and the extent of the damage of your tooth or teeth.
Benefits of inlays
- True to fit.
- Resistant to discolouration.
- Easy tooth cleaning.
- Tight spacing.
- Highly durable material.