Tooth Restoration

Modern dentistry has allowed us to combine beauty as well as strength when filling teeth. Restorations are close to their original strength and appearance with composite resins and other modern materials. They are used to replace and reinforce tooth structure that is decayed, damaged, cracked, fractured or severely worn down.

Composite fillings are very aesthetic restorations since they are available in natural shades matching tooth color. They are also very well tolerated by all the patients.

The first step in a typical tooth restoration is the preparation of the cavity whereby the decay is removed. A disclosing solution is used to ensure that there is no residual decay. The cavity surfaces are then disinfected with laser and/or a chemical antiseptic.


Preparation of tooth for restoration

Cavity preparation completed

The next step is the addition of composite-resin filling material and curing with blue light. Special care is taken to minimize contraction gaps i.e. gaps formed due to contraction of the composite material as it cures.

Finally, the filling is shaped to the natural contours and function of the tooth. A final check with floss is done, as required, to ensure there is no catch while flossing.


Depending on the patient’s oral care and eating habits, fillings may not last forever. They can develop cracks, chips or simply wear down due to chewing forces. It is therefore essential that you have regular follow-up examinations so that we can monitor the integrity of your fillings.

Colonnade Dental - Dr. Vincent How