Gone are the days of ugly metal fillings.
Tooth-colored dentistry can help rebuild decayed or fractured teeth, leaving no visible evidence. In fact, we can replace your old amalgam silver fillings with tooth-colored fillings using white or tooth-colored fillings.
Dental composite is a moldable tooth-colored paste made using glass resins and fillers. A skilled dentist will repair your teeth using dental composite without damaging the existing tooth structure.
Tooth-colored fillings became available in the 1960s. However, dental technology has advanced significantly over the years, which means the newest options are more versatile than the first versions.
Newer tooth-colored fillings typically use composite resin filling. This composite is made by encasing filler particles and binding them together using a hard matrix material. Tooth-colored dentistry typically uses BIS-GMA, a fluid matrix of acrylic, which is hardened around glass filler particles. This process forms composite resin.
This ensures minimal intervention, compared to traditional silver fillings. Because composite fillings bond to the teeth, it does not require that your dentist place pins, grooves, or slots in the otherwise healthy tooth structure create a mechanical retainer.
Composite fillings harden within seconds, unlike many other materials. Although they are not as strong as porcelain, they do restore up to 95% of the tooth’s original strength.
Tooth-colored dentistry is by nature more durable, as it is bonded to ensure minimally invasive dentistry, which keeps your teeth healthier for longer.
Available in a wide range of shades, your dentist will easily find the perfect match for your tooth-colored dentistry.
Since it was first introduced to the market, tooth-colored fillings have undergone much advancement in terms of continual development to achieve optimal material handling, aesthetics, and durability. Before you proceed your dentist will
Tooth-colored dentistry can lead to a greater technique sensitivity, which is why our dentists and hygienists at Halton Village Dental use a rubber dam to isolate the teeth that are being worked on. This helps to control saliva and helps to relax you. Because this method allows your dentist to better control the saliva produced, you can rest assured as water can not wash down your throat.
Since composite fillings are chemically bonded to the teeth, we may not need to numb the area, unless you have a lot of tooth decay that has progressed beneath the enamel and the dentin layer. Because the dentin surrounds the nerve of your tooth, we must numb the area.
The next step is to remove the decay, clean the tooth we’re working on, and apply a primer, which will open the pores in the dentin and enamel. We will then pour a bonding agent into the pores and allow it to cure in preparation for bonding.
We will then place the compose into the tooth, shape it, and use a curing light to harden your new filling.
Your dentist will check your bite to ensure that the teeth fit correctly in relation to your natural teeth. We will also ensure that there’s space to allow you to floss. Finally, we will smooth and polish your new filling.
When it comes to fillings, your choice will depend on:
Porcelain Onlays or inlays are the most durable and aesthetic alternative to composite tooth-colored fillings. Inlays are more stain-resistant and longer-lasting, but they are more expensive and the treatment takes longer.
It is important to select the best possible material for your particular teeth. Your expert dentist at Halton Village Dental will discuss all the different options with you and explain the cost, strength and aesthetics of your dental filling materials with you upon consultation. We must check on your teeth’ current condition, size, and location, as well as unique forces (grinding, shearing and chewing) that are being placed on your teeth in conjunction with your jaw’s normal movement.
Consult with Halton Village Dental today to decide if tooth-colored dentistry is the right option for you.
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