Teeth may develop holes or cavities because of decay, trauma, or even injury. Dental fillings are used to fill the holes and cracks. In case of tooth rot the decayed part is scrapped off and filled. Cracks are also filled with dental materials. There are different methods applied to tooth fillings. These methods will vary depending on the material used and the nature of the damage to a tooth. Common fillings materials include:
These are fabricated from an alloy of gold and other metals. It is an expensive kind of treatment due to high gold prices. In terms of durability, gold fillings can last for over twenty years or even a lifetime, depending on how you care for them.
This type of treatment is also known as silver fillings because of its silver-like appearance. It is made of liquid mercury bound together with a powdered alloy composed of silver, copper, and tin. Softened amalgam is placed in a cavity where it hardens to form the filling. It is one of the oldest tooth-filling techniques and the least expensive. Silver fillings are strong and durable.
These are fabricated from porcelain. Ceramic fillings are strong and can last up to fifteen years. In terms of appearance, they tend to outweigh other filling materials as they look more like natural teeth. They do not stain as they are sealed to avoid discoloration thereby giving them the appealing look. Other fillings made from metal alloys tend to expand and contract to deform the teeth' structure while ceramic fillings remain intact.
Resin fillings consist of plastic and powdered glass filler. They can be used for filling and also repairing broken or chipped teeth. They are also strong, durable, and beautiful with a more natural look that is unnoticeable.
Talk to us to learn about dental fillings, the different types, and which ones can protect your teeth better.
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