Dr Stéfan Bester’s
Tooth coloured fillings/restorations are aesthetically conservative composite restorations utilized in cases of tooth decay with minimal tooth destruction. These are dental fillings that look like the tooth's enamel and are used to bond the remaining tooth structure that has been damaged.
There are different types of tooth coloured dental fillings, namely:
- Composite fillings: These are the most common tooth fillings which are made of composite resin and are more natural-looking. Composite fillings are durable and bond very well with the tooth’s enamel.
- Porcelain fillings: These are commonly used to restore heavy-filled teeth or when most of the tooth structure has been lost. These tooth fillings are much stronger and durable than tooth coloured resin fillings.
Tooth fillings are indicated to repair damaged teeth that may be caused by tooth decay or a fracture. Depending on your condition, Dr Bester will discuss with you which option or dental filling is best suited for you and how to plan and prepare for them. On the day of your filling, local anaesthesia will be administered to numb the area of the tooth and the surrounding structures. The prosthodontist will remove the tooth decay with the use of a dental drill. Once the tooth is sound and the strong and healthy tooth structures remain, the cavity will be disinfected and dried. The white filling material will be placed inside the tooth and shaped, then cured to harden.
After the filling has hardened, Dr Bester will check your bite and ensure that it is comfortable. The durability of the fillings depends on the type of tooth filling that was used. It is essential that you regularly visit your prosthodontist for oral hygiene maintenance to extend the lifespan of the fillings. If you experience any pain or if the fillings do not feel right, contact the prosthodontist for evaluation.