A ceramic filling (also called inlay/onlay) is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks or fractures. Aesthetic and durable, ceramic is an exceptional material, able to resist heavy grinding pressures. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then restored with ceramic.
Because ceramic fillings are tooth coloured, they can be closely matched to the colour of existing teeth, and are aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth. They are also especially suitable for the chewing surfaces of back teeth.
Ceramic fillings at our Joondalup dental clinic are usually placed in one or two appointments. At your initial consultation, your dentist will numb the tooth and remove the decay. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed. A computer aided scan of the tooth being repaired and the surrounding teeth will be taken in order to custom make an inlay to fit your tooth. A temporary filling will protect the tooth that is being repaired while the final inlay is being made using our CAD-CAM technology.
At your second visit, your dentist will bond the inlay and make small adjustments, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function. Depending on the situation we may be able to fabricate and bond your permanent ceramic restoration in one visit.
You may experience sensitivity to hot and cold when ceramic fillings are first placed, however this will subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling.
At the Dental Reflections Joondalup dental clinic, Dentists Dr Fernando Afonso and Dr Sean Archibald are more than happy to assess all ceramic filling treatments if required.