What is a Dental filling?
Dental filling is a way to restore the damaged or decayed tooth back to its normal shape and function. Filling is done only after cleaning the affected area and removing the decayed tooth material. Filling material could be of gold, porcelain, composite resin of tooth-colored fillings or an amalgam of alloy of mercury, silver, copper, zinc or tin. This material closes the spaces formed due to bacterial hunt and prevents from further tooth decay.
Best filling for you
What’s the right filling for you would be determined by various factors like cost and allergies to certain materials.
- Its the best filling because its well tolerated by the gum tissue, and it is very strong so it is able to resist wear over time. It is also the same color as the natural tooth so it is virtually undetectable yo the naked eye
- Porcelain fillings called inlays or inlays whose restoration covers most of the tooth and its color matches with tooth and could resist staining. But its cost is similar to that of gold.
- Composite (plastic) resins only give a natural appearance but could be stained while drinking coffee or tea along with chewing or smoking tobacco and generally lasts for 3 to 10 years.
- Amalgamated silver fillings are relatively inexpensive but not recommended for visible areas because of its dark color.
Only when a large portion of the tooth is damaged due to fracture or decay then crown or cap is generally recommended after careful examination. If decay reaches the nerve then root canal therapy, a procedure called pulp capping is recommended.
Dental bonding is the application of a tooth-colored composite resin on the decayed, chipped or fractured tooth to make the teeth long. It is the cosmetic alternative to amalgamated fillings. A single visit to the dentist would provide this bonding.
Benefits of bonding
- Inexpensive cosmetic dental procedure
- The material can be shaped and polished to match the color of the surrounding teeth
- Generally used for cosmetic purposes to improve the appearance of a discolored or chipped tooth
- Also used to close spaces between teeth to make the teeth look long or change the shape of the color of teeth
Care for bonding
Stains could happen on the composite resin due to tea, coffee or smoking cigarette. Care should be taken to avoid these food and drinks for the first 48 hours of this dental procedure. Along with it bi-annual checkups with the dentist is mandatory to keep the dental bonding from staining.
Composite resin which consists of glass or quartz filler a tooth-colored filling is used as the filling material for aesthetic dental restorations to fill the dental cavities or the front teeth of the dental bonding. For natural looking best cosmetic and functional results porcelain veneers and crowns are the best alternative to plastic composite materials.