Frankton Dental

Tooth-Coloured Fillings

For some, the appearance of conventional amalgam (metal) fillings is unattractive. They are noticeable when you smile and can cause your teeth to appear discoloured.

If you need a filling but don’t want it to be visible, tooth-coloured composite fillings can be an appealing alternative. Composites can also be used for minor reshaping of chipped teeth or to fill small gaps between teeth to give you a more even, appealing smile.

What Is a Composite Filling?

Composite fillings are usually formed using a mixture of resins, fillers, and colourants, and applied to the tooth in layers and “cured". Unlike silver amalgam fillings, composites can be made to match the colour of your natural teeth.

Since the composite bonds directly to your tooth, these fillings require less removal of healthy tooth which leaves more remaining tooth structure intact. Composite fillings are also less susceptible than metal fillings to cracking and chipping due to temperature changes in your mouth.

How Is a Composite Filling Placed?

To place a composite filling, the dentist will numb the area if necessary and remove any decay. The remaining tooth structure is then etched to create a rough surface for the composite to bond to.

The dentist will match the colour of your natural tooth and mix up a composite that is then applied in layers with curing between each layer. Once built up, the filling will be shaped to contour to your bite and look natural and then polished smooth.

Why Choose Composite?

Composite fillings offer a better esthetic than metal fillings. They can also act more like natural tooth structure, helping to avoid fractures due to uneven stress when biting.

Contact our office to schedule an examination or to ask your questions about tooth-coloured composite fillings.
 

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
Thank you for your ongoing support, we hope you are safe and well in this uncertain time.
This week we have our reception staff working from home with remote computer and phone access at Level 3. We will be able to respond to your voice message within 24 hours and we are starting to take bookings for an anticipated level 2 from Monday the 18th of May.
Existing bookings will be honoured and missed appointments will be prioritised according to urgency. This week for existing patients, we will be offering complimentary booked telephone consultations with your dentist for any concerns that cannot be answered by our friendly reception team. We understand that there may be a bottleneck for patient appointments once we descend into level 2 and want to assure you that we will be working hard for everyone to be triaged and seen in a timely manner.
Thank you again for the continued support, we all can’t wait to be back in the clinic properly to care for you again.
Please call 034422711 or email frankton.dental@xtra.co.nz to make a booking at level 2.