Commonly known as a composite or composite resin, this is a soft material that sets under a light/curing light (blue light). It is ideally used on teeth with small defects, caries/decay or chips, by being placed directly onto the prepared surface of the teeth. Restoration done with this material normally requires a single appointment unless there is a prior arrangement with us.
It is also used as a preliminary restoration for a large cavity when a crown is planned to be later put on a tooth.
Indirect Tooth Coloured Fillings (Inlay and Onlay)
They are normally used for a large cavity which has a poor prognosis/outcome from using tooth coloured filling directly on the prepared surface of the teeth. The same tooth coloured filling has been prepared and cured under a strong light (stronger than blue light) in the laboratory. It needs to be cemented on the tooth during the second visit. Two visits are required.
Porcelain (or Gold) Fillings (Inlay and Onlay)
These are normally used for 1) a large cavity which has a poor prognosis/outcome from using ordinary tooth coloured filling or 2) when Root canal therapy has been performed through a tooth with a crown. As a result, the access hole is covered with the same material as the crown. Two visits are required.