What is a Tooth Coloured Restoration?

White or tooth coloured restorations, which are also known as dental fillings, are the composite resin that can help repair and restore a cracked, damaged, broken or decaying tooth.

Tooth coloured restorations are made of dental composite which is a mouldable tooth-coloured material.

When the cavity on your tooth needs to be treated, the portion of the tooth that is decaying will be removed and the impacted area will have the restorative resin placed in it.

Tooth coloured restorations are natural in appearance, hard wearing and virtually invisible. When compared to the traditional amalgam silver fillings, tooth coloured restorations are a much safer and healthier choice.

What is the procedure?

  • A local anaesthetic will be used to numb the area of the mouth that is affected.
  • The decaying part of the tooth is then removed and preparation for the restoration is made possible.
  • Then a tooth coloured material is applied in layers and hardened on the affected area.
  • Once this is done the composite material is then shaped, trimmed and polished.

The advantages of Tooth Coloured Restoration

  • Composite restoration can be closely matched to the colour and shade of your natural teeth.
  • Composite restorations can provide a strong support to the tooth.
  • Tooth coloured restorations can be used for many treatments.
  • They harden in seconds.
  • Tooth sensitivity can be minimal.
  • It is possible to repair them if they are damaged.

The disadvantages of Tooth Coloured Restoration

  • They are not as strong as porcelain restorations.
  • A high alcohol content may cause them to become damaged.
  • They require a complex technique and great care to be placed correctly.

If you would like to know more about tooth coloured fillings, and how they can help your oral health, contact us today.