Fillings and Inlays
Budi Dental is an amalgam free clinic. Instead, we use the highest quality composite resin materials to restore your teeth to achieve a highly aesthetic result. In some circumstances, due to the large surface area of the filling, the tooth may be better suited to being restored in either a gold or ceramic restoration (inlay).
Inlays are also known as indirect fillings, and are placed within a damaged tooth which requires more protection than a direct filling can provide. Inlays offer a conservative way to repair a tooth while conserving healthy tooth structure. In addition to restoring your tooth to full function, inlays can replace old, unsightly metal fillings. This enables the tooth to withstand the occlusal load that the basic function of chewing exerts on our teeth.
The replacement of metal fillings can also have a dramatic effect on the overall appearence of your smile. Old metal fillings give a dull, grey colour to not only the tooth with the filling, but also the adjacent teeth.We can replace these fillings with either direct bonding (white fillings), inlays or crowns. Why not make an appointment to discuss the solution which best suits your expectations and budget!
FAQs related to dental fillings and inlays
Q. How long do fillings last?
The position, shape, material and functional pressure all contribute to how long a filling will last. Large fillings that bear the brunt of chewing tend to break down more quickly than smaller fillings.
Whereas, a small filling away from the biting pressure may last decades. At-home oral hygiene practise is again very important and aids in the prevention of decay re-affecting the tooth.
Q. What are white fillings made of?
Composite resin (white fillings) are composed of a resin matrix and filler particles. The resin is the liquid component that hardens when activated. The filler particles are made from solid particles such as glass or pieces of set resin.
Q. What is the difference of a filling to an inlay?
An inlay is made by the technician especially to fit your tooth and occlusion. It is made from porcelain or gold, and will last longer than composite resin, as the inlay material is more durable.