"We do not do fillings.
We do restorations..."
Using microscopic magnification, white resin material and a modicum of artistry... we can recreate nature.
We no longer place mercury fillings in our practice. If we need to remove an old decayed or broken silver filling we will place a comfortable rubber sheet over the tooth so that none of the old particles are ingested for your safety. We've become so proficient at this, that we now teach our techniques to other dentists all across the world.
Once the tooth is disinfected we will then place a lovely new white restoration in its place and sculpt it to look like your original tooth - as if by magic!
What happens in a typical composite restoration appointment?
1) Your dentist will explain all the risks, benefits and costs beforehand as part of your informed consent.
2) They will confirm and check your medical history.
3) They will provide you with topical and local anaesthetic. This is so that you do not feel any pain during the procedure. Should it be uncomfortable in anyway please inform your dentist so that they can provide more anaesthesia. Everyone is a little different so some people need less anaesthetic solution and while others may need more.
4) Your dentist will then take pre operative photographs and record your bite. This is so we can make sure that the end result matches your bite perfectly.
5) A blue rubber dam sheet will then be placed over the teeth that require work. This is really important for a number of reasons. Firstly, it ensures that none of the old silver metal fillings or decay is swallowed by you. Secondly, it keeps the area dry and clean for stronger bonding of your new white composite restoration. At this stage we normally advise you to sit back, relax and fall asleep (or snore in many instances!).
6) Once all your decay is removed and your new white restoration placed, your dentist will polish the teeth and check that the bite is perfect. Sometimes we advise patients that it can all be a little tender and sensitive around the area for around a week.
7) Lastly, the dentist will floss in between your teeth and take a final photo to proudly show you all their hard work!
We are not just dentists but more a combination of dental engineers and artists.