Dental fillings can help restore your teeth!
A filling can restore a tooth that is damaged due to decay. When a filling is placed, the decayed material from the tooth is removed; the affected area is then cleaned out and restored using a filling material.
Many different types of metals are used in dentistry to replace, restore and resolve problems associated with dental and oral health. In such cases, plastic and ceramic materials are used for tooth restorative purposes.
Our dentist at Main Street Dental will advise you on what type of dental restoration/fillings is best and the most suitable for you. The advantages and disadvantages of each type of restoration will be discussed with you to help you make an informed decision.
Your choices for dental fillings
A composite filling or tooth coloured filling is made of a tooth-coloured plastic and glass mixture which can be very closely matched to the colour of the existing teeth. It can help provide support to the teeth. Composite fillings can also improve the colour of the teeth or reshape teeth that are disfigured.
Silver amalgams are fillings which contain silver, tin, copper, zinc, and mercury. Silver amalgams can last about 10 to 15 years and are stronger and less expensive than composite fillings.
Gold inlays and onlays
These are strong and gold in colour. They do not corrode and can last an average of 20 years to life.
A glass ionomer is made of acrylic which is tooth-coloured. They release fluoride to help protect the tooth from decaying further. They are not very strong, prone to fracturing and as a result do not last very long. They are mainly used for fillings in young children’s teeth, or as a temporary filling or on a patient with severe tooth decay.
Ceramic Indirect are normally made of porcelain which is tooth coloured and can last between 10 to 15 years. It works best for moderate-sized restoration on any teeth and requires two dental appointments to complete placement.