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For the repair of a tooth, a composite or tooth-coloured filling can be used. Tooth decay, cracking, chipping, or fractures can all affect a tooth. This filling will first be used to remove the decayed tooth.
Composite resin fillings are made from a combination of ceramic and plastic. They look like natural teeth and are very popular. They are also called ‘white fillings or tooth-coloured fillings. These fillings, like most dental restorations in the future, are not permanent. They might need to be replaced. These fillings can last a lifetime. These fillings should last for around 15 years and will give you a beautiful, long-lasting smile.
Types of Filling Materials Used in Dental Fillings
There are many types of dental filling materials. Each has its pros and cons. All can fill cavities in teeth, but it may better suit some for certain conditions. It is important to consider the location of your tooth cavity and the cost of filling it. You should also consider your insurance coverage and the severity of the damage.
- With proper care, gold fillings can last for up to 15 years. They are non-corrosive and very strong. They are more expensive than composite or silver amalgam fillings. For a perfect fit, they require more than one visit to the dentist.
- Silver amalgam fillings can be very strong and durable. It is made up of mercury, zinc, tin and silver. They are not visually appealing, and many don’t find them attractive. They can expand and contract, which could cause a tooth crack. Silver amalgam fillings are not safe long-term. Mercury is a neurotoxic element in amalgam fillings.
- Porcelain ceramic fillings are very attractive and durable. They are more expensive than silver amalgam fillings. If the porcelain becomes too rough, it can cause damage to the adjacent teeth.
- Acrylic fillings are also known as glass ionomers. They last less than five years. If children’s teeth are changing, they are a great choice. They produce fluoride, which prevents tooth decay.
- These fillings can match the colour of your teeth, making them very popular. They are less durable than silver amalgam fillings, and they are more costly. These are the most common. These are best aesthetically for front teeth, as they can be seen more clearly.
Advantages of Composite Filling
This filling is more practical than other materials such as silver amalgam. This filling is easily moldable because it’s made from resin. The filling is designed to be fitted to your existing tooth structure. The tight bond means that the filling protects your sensitive underlying teeth more than metal ones.
These fillings can be tooth-coloured. These filings are also the first to treat damaged areas on prominent or visible teeth. They are the best choice for canines or chipped front teeth. These fillings can be made more flexible than metal. These fillings can be used to repair a wide range of dental problems, including chipped teeth and cavities.
If the tooth below is sensitive, this filling may be a better choice. Fillings don’t require as much tooth matter to be extracted. Because they fit in a smaller hole, this is why they are so popular. This filling has many benefits, but it is best to not fill with them. Preventive measures are the best way to keep your teeth healthy.