Tooth Colored Dental Fillings
Gone are the days when dental filling used to be of a color that never matched your teeth, but you had to get them for the sake of it. Today with the fast changing innovations in the field of orthodontics and medical cosmetics, natural colored dental bonds have made way. These resemble tooth color, and are of a similar texture, which look, feel and react very much like real teeth. These composite resin materials can be made to match any tooth color and will be difficult for anyone to notice whether any bonding is done or not (unless of course someone comes determined to find it). We all know that the outer covering of the teeth (arguably the hardest natural material on earth) is made up of close knit calcium crystals and the new dental bonds are remarkably similar to these enamel covers and imitate them quite well. With the advent of new tooth colored fillings, the older use of amalgam has been made obsolete.
The inner part of the teeth where the impulses travel to at first is the Dentin and modern fillings have done remarkably well in transmitting information through the pulp to the Dentin. The modern tooth colored fillings is made of plastic resin and silica filler, which make it much more durable than before.
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What are the pros and cons of tooth colored fillings?
The great advantage of the tooth colored fillings are that they bond to tooth structure chemically and do not require the placement of slots or pins in healthy tooth structure to mechanically retain them and save any future hassle. Also, the modern fillings help make the dental sensitivity to a minimum and are as strong as natural teeth (up to 85-90% as strong). Also, if by any case (such as scraping, or biting of nails, or chewing on pens) the bond is hurt, it can be easily repaired.
One should remember that no matter how great these fillings are, they are after all artificial and continued exposure to dark liquids such as coffee and beverages will stain them. Though, the color of your bonds will perfectly match the teeth but they are not as strong as metal a bond (which is quite understandable) and proper care for the same has to be taken. We also discourage smoking or consumption of alcohol as these may scrape and stain the bonds. Naturally, tooth colored fillings (or composite resin) are more expensive than amalgam ones, but we assure you that they are worth it.
How does the dentist put the tooth colored fillings on to the teeth?
Tooth colored composite fillings are bonded chemically on to the teeth. After removal of any decay or any issue of that sort, with the use of a weak primer the tooth is cleaned and made a bit more porous for the resin to seep in and strengthen the structure. Bonding materials are also used at this step to make the teeth get its somewhat natural durability. After applying the Tooth colored composite filling, the dentist then sculpts the form according to how it will suit you the best. To know about the various ways in which teeth are bonded.
Does Composite filling requires special care?
As one knows that a material such as this, no matter how good, is weaker than a metal bond and does require special care to some extent for ensuring its durability. It is essential to brush at least twice a day and the use of mouthwashes (like Listerine or Plax) should be done regularly. Smoking and consumption of liquor should be kept at a minimum.
What is the average life of Composite filling?
A composite filling can easily last from a stretch of 2 years to 10 years and depends on the oral hygiene of the person using it.
Frequently Asked Questions about Tooth colored fillings
Yes there is some verity in this statement and it has often been seen that composite fillings are not that good when it comes to be applied onto the molars and pre-molars as these parts are subjected to continued stress.
Though the primary one is the composite filling, there are also two other types viz. Porcelain and Glass ionomer.