In the past amalgam fillings (or silver fillings) were used to fill decay in teeth. Amalgam fillings were made of an alloy that contains mercury and it is now thought that these fillings can leak small amounts of mercury vapour.
If you have existing silver fillings that are concerning you, we can replace them with a natural looking white composite filling.
We use a safe composite filling product that doesn’t contain mercury and is the same colour as your natural tooth. Unlike metallic fillings the composite fillings do not expand or contract and are bonded very strongly with the tooth. This means that they are less likely to become loose and fall out and thus have a much longer life span.
This strong, natural looking composite material is not only used for fillings but to also reshape uneven teeth. It is added to the existing teeth to build them up and reshape them for a more even looking smile.
Broken or split teeth can also be miraculously returned to normal with this material. Due to the strength and colour of this product, a tooth that has been split or broken off can be repaired fully to look and function exactly as it did before it was damaged.
CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration Of Esthetic Ceramics) enables porcelain ceramic material to be produced easily while you wait. A Cerec filling can be done in one appointment. No more uncomfortable impression trays full of goop in your mouth. No more plastic temporaries in your mouth while you wait for laboratory work to be completed; a process which can take weeks and a series of dental appointments. Cerec means the filling is completed in one visit.
Here’s How It Works
After examining the tooth and determining the course of treatment, we will prepare your existing tooth for the filling leaving as much of your healthy tooth as possible. Cerec then uses a state-of-the-art digital 3D camera to create a virtual model of your tooth on the computer screen. The ceramic filling is then designed using state-of-the-art CAD software which allows us to customize the shape and detail it to fit exactly.
Mill and Place
While you wait, the virtual filling is then transferred into reality. A ceramic block is inserted into our on-site milling unit and automatically machined to exact design specifications. About 15 minutes later, your all-ceramic, colour-matched filling is ready for placement. After polishing the filling, it looks and feels like a part of your natural tooth.
The filling is then stuck into place and your tooth is returned to its natural form, function and beauty.
- Cost effective filling (restoration) process
- Can protect and preserve natural tooth structure
- Clinically proven – millions of successful restorations worldwide
- Visually appealing and virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
- Biocompatible-enamel like material