► Used for: Decay, chips. broken teeth, defects in teeth
► Estimated cost: from $180 per filling, depending on surfaces the filling covers
► Products used: Nano-Hybrid Composite Resin (Empress Direct from Ivoclar Vivadent), Flowable Composite Resin (Aeliteflo from Bisco), RMGIC (Fuji2LC from GC), GIC (Fuji9 from GC)
► Type of Treatment: To the missing portion of a tooth
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At Smile Artistry™ we have been placing white fillings for over two decades. Recent advances in materials means that our white fillings are even more cosmetic than before.
White Fillings are more natural appearing, more polished and have greater longevity.
Time to replace your Old, Amalgam Fillings?
Old failing, black metal amalgam fillings hold potential for future problems within our teeth. Time is showing that old amalgam restorations create stresses on the surrounding tooth structure and in the end teeth could crack and break down, or decay could leak underneath the fillings. If treated early, teeth have better long-term prognosis. We are now able to better advise when it is time to replace old amalgam fillings.
On teeth which have larger holes or cracks, we may recommend using porcelain crowns or porcelain onlays to restore the tooth to full strength. This returns the integrity to your tooth and helps to prevent fatal fractures, and further breakdown they would otherwise lead to root canal treatment or extraction.
Porcelain onlays are stronger, and will usually outlast white fillings.
Below is a patient who had fissure decay and an old grey amalgam filling. The teeth were restored with white fillings.
White Fillings last for varying duration from jsut a few years to decades. Generally, the smaller the filling, the longer it will last, upto very large white fillings which will require a Porcelain Crwon to rebuild the lost strength in the tooth.
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