We do this by sealing holes, removing Karris, replace old fillings and strengthen tooth necks. The material used to seal the hole is usually Composite, but before it can be put on the surface the tooth is cleaned and the careful ground is polished so that there is no bacteria again. It is then dried REFER, composites are heated until it becomes soft so that the dentist can shape it and gradually put in place by means of adhesive material cured onto the tooth.
To seal small holes or replace smaller parts that have fallen off, then Composite is the most common way to proceed – This is also referred to as “white fillings”.
If a large part of the tooth is damaged, flash bursts into tooth wall or hole is deep so it will be necessary to use a material other than plastic. This is called inlay, onlay or facets and used it’s Traditionally a stronger material, porcelain.
The advantage of this technique is that one gets a completely perfect result when the fill is created. The dentist takes an imprint of the tooth, which is sent to our laboratory. They will then make a filling in porcelain burned and polished. The adjustment is done in the laboratory (where we have a model of the tooth being treated) and tooth Engineers can “try” filling in the model before it is sent back to us.
When the patient comes back, (this process takes at least 24 hours) so we can cement the filling in place.
Using porcelain gives a better result because porcelain does not change colour, somewhat to be expected of a filling in Composite. It takes care of the tooth in a better way, since there is one material that is as hard and durable as the enamel of the natural tooth.
At our clinic, it is standard procedure to use rubber dam. This is a small gumihette placed upon the tooth being treated and this is especially important when replacing old fillings in amalgam. By using this security-measure we prevent the residues of amalgam entering the patient’s throat when “grinds out” a filling of amalgam. Read more about amalgam teeth here. (Link to the subpage about amalgam)
Furthermore, it is of course standard procedure to set anesthesia before executing such a process.