Fillings

Budi Dental is an amalgam free clinic. Instead, we use only the highest quality composite resin (white filling) materials to restore your teeth while achieving a highly aesthetic result. We match the colour of the filling to your tooth, making it practically invisible.

In addition to new restorations, tooth coloured fillings can be used to substitute old metal fillings to achieve an attractive, natural looking smile. Metal fillings can give a dull, grey appearance to not only the tooth with the filling, but also the adjacent teeth.

The replacement of amalgam or mercury based fillings, with composite resin fillings, can have a dramatic effect on the overall appearance of your smile.

Inlays

Inlays are also known as indirect fillings, and are placed within a damaged tooth that requires more protection than a direct filling can provide. Ceramic inlays look entirely natural. They are a conservative way to repair a tooth while conserving healthy tooth structure. In addition to restoring your tooth to full function, inlays can replace large metal fillings. If you would like your silver fillings replaced, why not make an appointment to discuss the solution which best suits your expectations and budget?

FAQs related to fillings and inlays

How long do fillings last?

The position, shape, material and functional pressure all contribute to how long a filling will last. Large fillings that bear the brunt of chewing tend to break down more quickly than smaller fillings ,whereas a small filling away from biting pressure may last decades. A good at-home oral hygiene practise aids in the prevention of decay re-affecting the tooth.

What are white fillings made of?

Composite resin (white fillings) are composed of a resin matrix and filler particles. The resin is a liquid component that hardens when activated. The filler particles are made from solid particles such as glass or pieces of set resin.

What is the difference of a filling to an inlay?

An inlay is made by a dental technician especially to fit your tooth and occlusion. It is made from porcelain or gold and will last longer than composite resin, as the inlay material is more durable.

More about dental inlays & onlays

Dental inlays and onlays are indirect restorations used to repair teeth that have cracked or have fractured, if the damage is not severe enough to require a dental crown. Inlays and onlays are usually made from porcelain, composite resin, and sometimes even from gold. Because they can be created from tooth-coloured materials, inlays and onlays are often used to replace metal fillings for patients who desire a more natural looking smile. Read on to find out about how inlays and onlays may be able to enhance your smile’s health and appearance.

Before and After Dental Inlays
Before and After Dental Inlays
Before and After Dental Fillings
Before and After Dental Inlays

Dental inlays

Dental inlays are used to treat teeth that have decay or damage within the indented top surface. They can also be used to replace old or damaged metal fillings. Inlay placement is usually carried out over two appointments. During your first visit to the dentist, an impression of your tooth will be taken, and a temporary inlay will be placed over the tooth. The dentist will send the impression off to a dental lab, which will create the inlay to match your tooth’s specifications. When you return to your dentist, the temporary inlay will be removed and the permanent one will be placed carefully over your tooth. There is no downtime after receiving a dental inlay, only a mild level of tenderness in the treated area, so you can return to work or other activities as soon as you leave the office.

Dental Inlay procedure

Since dental inlays and onlays can be made from durable, tooth-coloured porcelain, they offer much more enduring and natural-looking results than metal fillings. In addition, their customized nature allows dentists to securely bond them to the tooth surface, adding structural integrity and preventing bacteria from entering and forming cavities.

Dental fillings, inlays and onlays sunshine coast
Tooth decay beside an old filling

Dental onlays

Whereas dental inlays are designed to treat decay within the cusps, or top projections, of a tooth, onlays are used to treat decay that extends to one or more of the cusps. Onlays are placed in much the same way as inlays. First, an impression of the broken tooth is taken, and a temporary onlay is placed over the tooth. The impression is then sent to a lab, where a dental technician creates the onlay according to the tooth’s dimensions. When the patient returns to the dentist, the temporary onlay is removed, and the permanent restoration is placed on the tooth and securely bonded using high-strength dental resins.

A old onlay replaced with a natural coloured onlay
A old onlay replaced with a natural coloured onlay

Like dental inlays, onlays can be created from tooth-colored material, which makes them virtually undetectable to the naked eye. Onlays also help to conserve more tooth structure because their use requires minimal removal a tooth’s surface. Perhaps their most important benefit, however, is that, in saving damaged teeth, onlays help patients delay the eventual need for more extensive treatment with crowns.

Benefits of dental inlays and onlays

  • In treating dental decay, inlays and onlays help to eliminate tooth sensitivity and eventual tooth loss. Inlays and onlays also offer the following benefits:
  • Since they can be made from tooth-colored material, including porcelain and composite resin, inlays and onlays are virtually invisible.
  • Unlike metal fillings, inlays and onlays will not expand or contract in response to temperature changes caused by hot or cold foods. This change in size can cause teeth to weaken or fracture.
  • The use of inlays and onlays requires less tooth reduction than does the use of metal fillings. This allows dentists to conserve more of a patient’s natural tooth structure in the treatment process.
  • Because of the way inlays and onlays are made, they help to strengthen teeth by up to 75 percent.
  • The durable material from which inlays and onlays are made helps them last up to 10 years, much longer than that of conventional fillings.
  • Inlays and onlays can replace silver fillings to create a healthier, more natural-looking smile.