Restorative Dentisty refers to restoring teeth to normal function and aesthetics following damage or loss through decay, trauma or disease. Restorations can be direct - where the dental material is applied directly to the tooth, often referred to as "fillings". Or indirect - where the restoration is made outside the mouth, for example crowns, overlays, veneers, bridges, implants or even removable dentures.
Tooth Colored Fillings
At Woden Dental Care, we provide tooth colored fillings, also called “White fillings" or "Composite fillings”.
White fillings are chemically bonded to the teeth. They match closely with the natural tooth color and appearance. Once the decay is removed, the filling material is then placed inside the tooth and hardened by curing with a curing light. Adjustment will be made if necessary, followed by smoothing, and relishing of your new filling.
Inlays and Onlays
When a tooth is too damaged to support a tooth filling but not damaged enough for a dental crown, Dental Onlay falls in between dental fillings and crowns. Dental inlays or onlays are the same kind of restoration, but they cover different proportions of the tooth. Inlays fill the space in between cusp or round edges, all the center of the tooth surface. The dental onlay works like an inlay but covers one or more cusps or the entire biting surface of the tooth. Dental onlays are made of porcelain and are more durable and usually last longer than dental fillings.
If a tooth is weak due to deep and large decay or a tooth is cracked, crowns are often used to protect the tooth for or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth.