The earlier a professional opinion or treatment is sought, the better the prognosis for the tooth.
A filling is an artificial material used to replace parts of the tooth that have been damaged by tooth decay or have fractured. The treatment involves removing all the decay and sealing the hole in the tooth with materials to protect the remaining tooth from further decay, and to allow it to function normally.
There are various materials used to restore teeth including tooth-coloured dental fillings such as composite resins and glass ionomer cements, or metallic (amalgam) fillings.
With such advancements in today’s technology, at Drummoyne Dental Practice, our dentists are able to offer patients a broader range of options for broken down teeth.
Our dentists do not place amalgam fillings. Our material of choice is the tooth coloured filling. Since these are actually able to bond to the tooth, we are able to work more conservatively, preserve more natural tooth structure, whilst providing the tooth with better strength and aesthetics.
BROKEN TOOTH RESTORED TOOTH
As more of the tooth is broken away by either decay, fracture, or a previous large filling, its strength starts to decrease, the tooth weakens and becomes more prone to fracture. At this stage, the dentist will start considering alternative restorative options for such a fragile tooth. The optimum treatment of choice is the porcelain onlay or crown. Although technique sensitive, when performed under the correct conditions, and with the correct technique, these restorations are able to provide the tooth not only with better aesthetics, but with more strength, superior function and will protect the tooth against further fracture. These restorations, if well maintained, are also known to last many years longer than a conventional white filing.
The earlier a professional opinion or treatment is sought, the better the prognosis for the tooth. Sometimes, if left too late, the tooth may not be restorable and may require alternative treatment options, which can often be more time consuming and complex. At Drummoyne Dental Practice, our dentists will always discuss all treatment options available so that you can make an informed decision.