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Direct restorations are prepared and set in place in one visit.  The filling material is carefully selected for the situation of each tooth.  For instance some materials incorporate fluoride in their makeup and are used in patients with high decay rates and when the enamel around the cavity is demineralized.  The fluoride released from these materials helps maintain the critical bond to the enamel at the margin and helps prevent further decay under the filling.


In cases at the front of the mouth the teeth are under less load but more visible.  Here we will suggest a material that will blend in with the natural tooth structure and match its translucence.


In situations where we are placing large restorations in molar teeth that are subject to heavy chewing loads we will advise on a material that has higher strength and wear resistance.  This is especially important if a number of teeth are missing and the remaining teeth are taking more than their share of work or in people who are heavy grinders


Having practiced in Taree since 1988, Mark takes pride in seeing restorations he has placed endure over a long term.  He also holds a position on the teaching staff of Charles Sturt University Dental School and so has many interactions and discussions with staff concerning the current best evidence on dental materials.  Charles Sturt University has established one of the newest dental faculties in Australia, and the teaching philosophy embraces an openness to critically evaluate new developments while basing treatment choices on evidence based on long term research.