Complex fillings

Complex fillings cover multiple surfaces, more than two, to be precise. A temporary filling sets in place while a natural-looking onlay is being prepared.

When a large amount of tooth has been destroyed, the best option would be to place a crown or cap on it. However, some teeth, especially the teeth that are completely broken down, could be saved with the aid of pins or posts in the root. Composite and silver (amalgam) are used to fill the tooth, but this depends mainly on the type of material you are comfortable with. The bonding material is shaded to match the rest of your teeth and polished to give off a smooth finish. Onlays and inlays are completed in two appointments, while the custom-made and unique colour filling is made in the lab. Previously complex fillings were made of gold, but presently there is a demand for more natural-looking onlays to blend in with the rest of the teeth. Onlays extend over a large area, covering two or more cusps. Find out if you qualify for tooth-coloured (porcelain) onlays and inlays by scheduling an appointment with me.

It is possible to save teeth that have completely broken away to the gum line, to be saved with the use of more advanced filling materials. The type of filling materials used, such as composites, look the same colour as your original and adjacent teeth. When more than one tooth has been broken down by decay in your mouth, you may be a candidate to have a complete rehabilitation on your mouth.

For that reason, you are advised to see me to completely study your mouth, with your bite and dynamics of your jaw movements, we can treat you for a complete makeover.

The use of veneers may also be considered a complex filling material. It isn't easy placing veneers with the correct shading and contouring for your individual mouth. Veneers are more suitable for wholesome, healthy teeth and still an option when the filling only extends on the front or back of the tooth. Crowns, however, are more considerable for a filling that branches over the tooth. Crowns strengthen your remaining teeth, is less likely to fall out than veneers and reduce the risk of cavities.