When you eat foods containing sugars and starches, the bacteria in plaque produce acids, which attack tooth enamel. The stickiness of the plaque keeps these acids in contact with teeth. After the teeth are attacked in this way many times, the tooth enamel breaks down gradually forming a hole or cavity.
In the past, teeth were most commonly repaired with amalgam (silver) fillings, or gold restorations. Thanks to advances in modern dental materials and techniques, teeth can be restored with a more aesthetic and natural appearance. There are different types of cosmetic fillings currently available.
The most simple form of ‘white filling’ is called composite. It is made up of a composite quartz resin and usually contains some sort of light sensitive agent. These light cured composites are extremely cosmetic and most often bonded into place in one appointment. They can be used in both the front of the mouth as well as the back. These materials come in a variety of shades which the dentist will colour match to your natural tooth enamel.
In order to bond a filling material to your tooth it is first necessary to remove any decay you may have, prepare the tooth and condition the enamel and dentin. Once conditioned, a thin resin is applied which bonds to the etched surface. The bond strength of these fillings is incredible. Modern bonding techniques increases the strength of these restorations far beyond those of only a short time ago.
We believe that the highest standard of care should be provided without compromise. Our highly skilled team of dentists use the latest techniques to recreate nature. Fillings are all too often flat, and a poor match to the natural tooth. As well as being unsightly flat fillings can lead to food packing between the teeth.