Dental Fillings & Restorations
We offer tooth-coloured dental fillings and dental restorations as our main restorative options, whenever possible. Minimally invasive principles and improved adhesive technologies have enabled us to reduce the need for traditional crowns, where a significant amount of tooth tissue reduction can be avoided. Our tooth-coloured restorations are placed following the most up-to-date techniques and materials. They are aesthetic and durable. There are three types of dental materials that we utilise to suit best to your dental cavities.
Hornsby Dental – White Dental Fillings
Patient had a severely decayed and broken down tooth.
Result of the direct restoration, with both the function and aesthetics of the tooth back to normal.
Hornsby Dental Clinic – White Dental Fillings
Severely decayed and broken down tooth, which is basically at the gum line, with virtually no function.
Result of the direct restoration, with both the function and aesthetics of the tooth back to normal. The patient was very happy with the final result.
Hornsby Cosmetic Dentist – Amalgam Fracture (Dental Fillings and Restoration)
Old silver/amalgam filling that appears to have no apparent problem, however our close examination reveals fracture-lines running across the tooth.
Deep recurrent decay accompanied by clearly visible fracture line. Amalgam restorations that have a high mercury content may behave like mercury in a thermometer – expands when termperature rises (hot food and drinks), and shrinks when cold. This can result in cracks of the tooth that is housing the amalgam.
Immediately after amalgam replacement, the tooth is fully functional and highly aesthetic. However given the deep crack that is present underneath the restoration, the tooth is best to have a crown to minimise the risk of tooth fracture.
We do not offer amalgam in our practice simply as a marketing decision. A traditional amalgam restoration, if placed appropriately, can perform for a very long time, and unless otherwise indicated, we do not advocate for the voluntary replacement of them. Our tooth-coloured restorations are placed following the most up-to-date techniques and materials. They are aesthetic and durable. There are three types of dental materials that we utilize to suit best to your dental cavities.
Small cavities: Glass ionomer cement is a fluoride releasing material which will aid in the reduction of risk of recurrent decay in the cavity. Its only downfall is the slightly weaker wear resistance, however we still believe their protective properties outweighs this small weakness. If it is wearing down or chipped, new materials can often be applied to the tooth without the need for further cutting into the tooth.
All sizes of cavities: Composite resin is the most standard tooth-coloured restorative material used in the world. It is suitable to most sizes of cavities. While it offers excellent aesthetics and functions in medium terms, it is more prone to chipping and staining over time, and if not kept clean new decays may form underneath it. Repair for the dental restoration is usually simple, unless a new decay has formed around the cavity
Larger sized cavities: Composite/Porcelain onlay may be the treatment of choice in larger cavities. This type of restoration is made outside of your mouth, and then bonded into the cavity. The most advanced generation of composite resin and porcelain restoration combines beauty and strength into one, and offers superior durability than that of a traditional composite resin dental filling.
For more information or questions about dental fillings and dental restorations, come and visit or call our friendly staff at Hornsby Dental today.