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DENTAL FILLINGS

Dental Fillings

Dental fillings are a common treatment used to restore teeth that have been damaged by decay. When a tooth is decayed, the damaged portion is removed and the resulting cavity is filled with a dental filling material to restore the tooth’s function and appearance.

The most common types of dental filling materials are amalgam (a mixture of metals including silver, tin, and copper), composite resin (a tooth-colored plastic material), and porcelain. Each material has its own advantages and disadvantages, and the choice of material will depend on factors such as the size and location of the cavity, the patient’s oral health, and their aesthetic preferences.

It is important to maintain good oral hygiene habits, including brushing and flossing regularly, to prevent the need for dental fillings. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings can also help to detect and treat decay early, before it becomes more severe and requires more extensive treatment.

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Tooth-Colored Restorations

Tooth-colored restorations have a large number of advantages over silver/mercury fillings. Resin onlays are crafted and bonded to the tooth creating a super tight fit to the natural tooth. This restoration fills the structure of the tooth and restores stability to the foundation of the natural toot. Through this, additional damage can be avoided and the tooth can remain intact and stronger.

Tooth-colored restoration utilize resin also containing fluoride which has been linked to preventing tooth decay. The resin can be placed in the tooth rather than at the gum line which in turn results in healthier teeth and healthy gum line.

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Dental Composites

Dental Composites, also known as white fillings are used to make crowns and inlays in a laboratory setting. These materials are similar in color to that of normal teeth. The overall durability of these are not as high as metal or porcelain restorations and have been known to wear over time.

It is very common for people to still have silver or mercury fillings from dental procedures in the past. Silver and mercury fillings are easily noticeable and have been known to result in an overall weaker tooth structure. Porcelain inlays, as well as tooth-colored restorations (onlays), provide fillings to the damaged tooth that is not only unnoticeable but also provide structure to the damaged tooth, strengthening its overall design.

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Silver Fillings

Silver fillings were a popular dental solution in the past, however, research suggests that these types of fillings have many drawbacks. Silver fillings can wear down with use, become weak and in some cases even break. This wear creates pockets where bacteria can gather and cavities can be formed.

Additionally, traditional silver fillings usually contain around 50% mercury. This mercury can corrode, and cause stains on your gums and teeth.

Fortunately, recent technologies have allowed doctors to easily replace silver fillings with tooth-colored restorations.

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