Most people have fillings of one sort or another but today, because we are much more conscious of our smile, we can choose a natural looking alternative – the composite or tooth-coloured filling.
A composite resin is a tooth-coloured plastic mixture filled with glass (silicon dioxide) first introduced in the 1960s. They have evolved over the decades and now have extremely high success rates. Aesthetically they look fantastic but there main appeal is they conserve your remaining tooth.. A composite filling is adhesively glued to your tooth which is beneficial as it is a non invasive procedure.
If you have a decayed or broken tooth, or have extensive toothwear a tooth coloured composite filling may be suitable for you.
Dental amalgam is the traditional silver-coloured filling. Although there is mercury in dental amalgam, once it is combined with the other materials in the amalgam filling its chemical nature is changed rendering it harmless. Research into the safety of dental amalgam has been carried out for over a century and to date, no trustworthy controlled studies have found a connection between amalgam fillings and any medical problem.
Amalgam fillings have a long and successful history in restoring decayed and broken teeth. Some people are concerned by how they look but functionally they work exceptionally well.
Porcelain (tooth coloured) inlays and onlays are restorations placed usually on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth.
An inlay fits within the confines of the teeth. An onlay covers the entire chewing surface of the tooth. These can be made of either plastic resin or porcelain.
The procedure involves removing decayed tooth structure or old fillings, preparing the tooth cavity, taking an impression of the cavity to fabricate a custom-fit inlay or onlay. Two visits are required to complete the treatment.
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