Esthetic fillings are fillings whose color, shape and function imitate the natural tooth. They are “white fillings” that can be made directly in the patient’s mouth using composite, or indirectly, in the laboratory, using ceramic materials. The materials that we use are new-generation composites, such as IPS Empress Direct, Tetric Evo Ceram Bulk Fill, GC Gradia and Gaenial.
Esthetic fillings are made of composite resin, which is comprised of microscopic particles. This material first appeared in dentistry in 1960 and was initially used on front teeth only. Since then, composite has been perfected and can now be successfully placed on back teeth as well.
The most highly esthetic fillings are ceramic ones, which are made in dental laboratories. After prepping (drilling) the tooth, an impression is taken and sent to the dental technician. He/she then makes a filling from biocompatible ceramics, such as the IPS Empress or the IPS e.max. Depending on the portion of the tooth which needs replacing, ceramic fillings are called inlays, onlays, overlays or vonlays (a combination of a veneer and an onlay).
When esthetic fillings meet the highest standards, the repaired tooth looks completely natural. Composite, or more often, “white” fillings are virtually undetectable, as they perfectly match the color of your teeth.
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