Reproducing Nature with Composite Fillings
Tooth fillings have dramatically evolved in the last decade. The demand for tooth coloured fillings has increased and the mechanical/aesthetic properties of composite have significantly improved. As clinicians, we try to mimic nature the best we can. This is why composite presents itself as one of the best solutions for restoring tooth anatomy, function and aesthetics.
In this blog you will see how we restored tooth 47 (2nd Mandibular Molar) that has been affected by caries.
We start by identifying the caries. This can be seen in the mouth as a black, brownish, or white staining on a tooth structure. In the image below we can clearly see a black discolouration.
The carious tissue has to be removed completely before any fillings can be done on the tooth. In this case, the dental tissue affected by the caries has been removed with a round diamond bur.
Once all the caries has been removed, the clinician performs several steps to prepare the tooth for a composite filling. Once the tooth is prepared, composite is inserted and sculpted to the anatomical features of the tooth.
After removing the rubberdam, we check the bite and then make corrections if needed. We finish by polishing the tooth. The final results can be seen below (the middle tooth).