Dental filling, otherwise known as dental or tooth restoration, is the method by which dentists restore missing parts of the tooth structure or even a missing tooth. Dentist do it in such a way that the integrity, function, and morphology of the tooth structure remain intact. This process uses different types of dental restorative materials. A missing tooth structure supported by dental implants can also be restored through this procedure.

The Need for Tooth Restoration

Caries or dental cavities due to decay are one of the main reasons for the structural loss of a tooth. A part of or a whole tooth could be missing due to an external trauma such as an accident or fracture of the tooth. A previously placed restoration would have deteriorated creating the need for re-restoring it. Intentional loss of structure of the tooth may occur when dentists prepare the tooth for aesthetic improvements.

Restoring a Tooth Directly or Indirectly

The technique of direct restoration involves keeping a prepared soft filling into the tooth. The filling sets and becomes hard while in contact with the tooth. This procedure does not damage the tooth because it passes very limited energy on to the tooth during the setting process. Experts advise this method for restoration in areas that are unlikely to undergo heavy pressure during chewing. A single visit to the dentist would suffice for this procedure. On the contrary, indirect dental restorations involve the technique of using dental impressions of the prepared tooth to fabricate tooth restoration externally. Crowns, bridges, inlays, and onlays are the common indirect restorations. This is then fixed permanently with dental cement. This process requires a minimum of two visits to the dentist.

Different Tooth Restoration Types

There are many ways for teeth restoration and the most common type is the filling … Read the rest

Dental fillings are among the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures that are being used these days in order to promote tooth restoration and general oral appearance. If you are thinking about getting dental fillings for yourself, below are some of the basic facts that you should know.

How are dental fillings placed on your tooth?

Your dentist will recommend dental fillings if you have slightly discolored teeth or if you have minor tooth damages such as chips. If you opt for this process, your dentist will first prepare your tooth for the procedure. He will probably inject a local anesthetic to your gums in order to numb the area where the fills will be placed.

Before the filling process, your dentist will have to make sure that your tooth is free from decays. He will conduct traditional drilling on your tooth, along with micro air abrasions. He will remove the deceased parts of your tooth and clean the decay area. After the area is cleaned, your dentist will then use a special dental tool to open your dentin. However, if the renovated area is near your tooth nerves, a special liner will be placed.

Once the tooth enamel is clean and exposed, the fillings are placed. The composite fills will be applied through layer by layer and a special light will be used to harden each of these layers. After the fillings are placed, the dentist will use an "articulating" paper to modify and "fine-tune" your dental filling. This filling will preserve and restore your natural tooth. However, if such is not enough to protect your tooth from further damage and decay, your dentist may also recommend the use of tooth crowns.

Two major types of dental fillings

Amalgam Fillings

Amalgam fillings are the traditional dental fillings that are being … Read the rest

While most people try to maintain a good oral hygiene and reduce the incidence of sugar consumption, there may be a need to have a dental filling to restore broken or broken teeth.

HOW TO PREVENT TOOTH DECAY
To prevent tooth decay, it is recommended that you should floss at least once daily, brush twice daily, and limit the intake of sugar in the diet at most three times a day. Sugar is present in many different foods, such as fruits, processed foods, soft drinks and sweets.

People who are at a high risk of developing tooth decay should also consider the use of fluoride mouthwashes or high fluoride dental flosses to reduce the risk of tooth decay development.

AVAILABLE FILLING MATERIALS
Several dental filling materials are available today. They include amalgams, gold cast, tooth-colored composite fillings and porcelain materials to mention but a few are:

SILVER FILLINGS (AMALGAM)
Dental amalgam is a liquid mercury mixture and a metal alloy used to fill the cavities caused by tooth decay. Amalgam usually consists of mercury, silver, tin, copper, and other trace metals.

Many patients who have undergone tooth filling currently have amalgam as a part of their dentition notwithstanding the numerous health concerns and threats posed by the presence of Mercury in the composition of the amalgam

TOOTH-COLORED COMPOSITE FILLINGS
Teeth colored fillings, also called white fillings or composite fillings, are used to fill the anterior and posterior teeth. The filling comes in the form of a paste that the dentist places on the damaged part of the tooth, adjusts the bite and polishes. It is commonly used for the fixation of front teeth damaged by decay or chipped, cracked or worn. The filling is tied to a tooth with a very strong dental resin, but it can break, lose or … Read the rest

Dental filling, otherwise known as dental or tooth restoration, is the method by which dentists restore missing parts of the tooth structure or even a missing tooth. Dentist do it in such a way that the integrity, function, and morphology of the tooth structure remain intact. This process uses different types of dental restoration materials. A missing tooth structure supported by dental implants can also be restored through this procedure.

The Need for Tooth Restoration

Caries or dental cavities due to decay are one of the main reasons for the structural loss of a tooth. A part of or a whole tooth could be missing due to an external trauma such as an accident or fraction of the tooth. A previously placed restoration would have deteriorated creating the need for re-restoring it. Intentional loss of structure of the tooth may occur when dentists prepare the tooth for aesthetic improvements.

Restoring a Tooth Directly or Indirectly

The technique of direct restoration involves keeping a prepared soft filling into the tooth. The filling sets and becomes hard while in contact with the tooth. This procedure does not damage the tooth because it passes very limited energy on to the tooth during the setting process. Experts advise this method for restoration in areas that are unacceptably to under heavy pressure during chewing. A single visit to the dentist would suffice for this procedure. On the contrary, indirect dental restorations involve the technique of using dental impressions of the prepared tooth to fabricate tooth restoration externally. Crowns, bridges, inlays, and onlays are the common indirect restorations. This is then permanently fixed with dental cement. This process requires a minimum of two visits to the dentist.

Different Tooth Restoration Types

There are many ways for teeth restoration and the most common type is the filling … Read the rest

Dental fillings are among the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures that are being used these days in order to promote tooth restoration and general oral appearance. If you are thinking about getting dental fillings for yourself, below are some of the basic facts that you should know.

How are dental fillings placed on your tooth?

Your dentist will recommend dental fillings if you have slightly discolored teeth or if you have minor tooth damages such as chips. If you opt for this process, your dentist will first prepare your tooth for the procedure. He will probably inject a local anesthetic to your gums in order to numb the area where the fills will be placed.

Before the filling process, your dentist will have to make sure that your tooth is free from decays. He will conduct traditional drilling on your tooth, along with micro air abrasions. He will remove the declined parts of your tooth and clean the decay area. After the area is cleaned, your dentist will then use a special dental tool to open your dentin. However, if the faded area is near your tooth nerves, a special liner will be placed.

Once the tooth enamel is clean and exposed, the fillings are placed. The composite fills will be applied through layer by layer and a special light will be used to harden each of these layers. After the fills are placed, the dentist will use an "articulating" paper to modify and "fine-tune" your dental filling. This filling will preserve and restore your natural tooth. However, if such is not enough to protect your tooth from further damage and decay, your dentist may also recommend the use of tooth crowns.

Two major types of dental fillings

Amalgam Fillings

Amalgam fillings are the traditional dental fillings that are being … Read the rest

While most people try to maintain a good oral hygiene and reduce the incidence of sugar consumption, there may be a need to have a dental filling to restore broken or broken teeth.

HOW TO PREVENT TOOTH DECAY
To prevent tooth decay, it is recommended that you should floss at least once daily, brush twice daily, and limit the intake of sugar in the diet at most three times a day. Sugar is present in many different foods, such as fruits, processed foods, soft drinks and sweets.

People who are at a high risk of developing tooth decay should also consider the use of fluoride mouthwashes or high fluoride dental flosses to reduce the risk of tooth decay development.

AVAILABLE FILLING MATERIALS
Several dental filling materials are available today. They include amalgams, gold cast, tooth-colored composite fillings and porcelain materials to mention but a few are:

SILVER FILLINGS (AMALGAM)
Dental amalgam is a liquid mercury mixture and a metal alloy used to fill the cavities caused by tooth decay. Amalgam usually consists of mercury, silver, tin, copper, and other trace metals.

Many patients who have undergone tooth filling currently have amalgam as a part of their dentition notwithstanding the numerous health concerns and threats posed by the presence of Mercury in the composition of the amalgam

TOOTH-COLORED COMPOSITE FILLINGS
Teeth colored fillings, also called white fillings or composite fillings, are used to fill the anterior and posterior teeth. The filling comes in the form of a paste that the dentist places on the damaged part of the tooth, adjusts the bite and polishes. It is commonly used for the fixation of front teeth damaged by decay or chipped, cracked or worn. The filling is tied to a tooth with a very strong dental resin, but it can break, lose or … Read the rest

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