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WHITE FILLINGS LOOK NATURAL AND CLOSELY MATCH TO THE COLOR OF THE PRESENT TEETH. MOST DENTAL PLANS COVER WHITE FILLINGS.
A filling is used to repair a tooth that has a cavity or chipped. It can also close spaces between teeth. After removing the decayed part, the cavity will be filled with a filling material.
Composite Fillings ( White Fillings) and Silver Filling (Amalgam Fillings) are two of the materials that are usually used to fill cavities.
There are also other types of restorations to fill cavities like lab made inlays and onlays. Inlay and onlays are bonded or cemented to the teeth and last longer than direct fillings. Inlays and Onlays are made of Porcelain or Gold. Your dentist may discuss which option is more recommended to restore your tooth.
Composite fillings are also called white fillings. These fillings will be the same colour as your natural teeth. They are direct fillings, and are done in one appointment.
The tooth will be prepped more conservatively because the filling bonds to the tooth structure.
Composite fillings are boned to the remaining tooth structure and hold the remaining structure together.
If another part of the tooth decays or breaks it is usually possible to fix that part with another composite filling without need to replace the previous filling.
Amalgam fillings are also called “silver” fillings. These fillings are silver in color and are usually used to fill the back teeth. They are a mix of metals such as silver, copper and tin and mercury. They are direct fillings and one visit to your dentist will do the job. The silver color may not appeal to some people who want a natural look. A small amount of mercury is used to bind the metals together in this type of filling, however, for most people this bit of mercury is nothing to worry about. They have been used for more than 150 years. The teeth need to be prepped more for mechanical retention and the chance of tooth breaking or chipping in future is more with this kind of filling.
An inlay is a lab made filling fitted into the grooves of a tooth and do not extend over the cusps of tooth. This is one of the restorations used to repair a tooth after it sustains harm from injury or decay that does not affect the cusps of the tooth. The dentist removes the decay in the tooth and takes an impression and sends it to a laboratory where the inlay is made. The dentist will place a temporary inlay at the same appointment. At the next appointment the inlay will be bonded or cemented to the tooth. Inlays are made from porcelain or gold material. A porcelain inlay matches the color of the tooth and provides almost invisible restoration while repairing the chewing surface. Dental inlays are usually more durable than fillings made from composite or amalgam.
An onlay is used to repair a tooth that has more extensive damage affecting the cusp or tips of the tooth and the biting surface. The dentist will clean out the cavity, remove any decayed tooth structure and insert a temporary dental onlay, while sending off the onlay impression to the laboratory. At the next visit (a couple of weeks later) the dentist removes the temporary onlay and bonds or cements the dental onlay in its place
Crowns or caps cover damaged teeth to restore its original shape. Crowns protect and strengthen tooth structure where fillings or other types of restorations are not suitable.
A dental bridge is a fixed or removable appliance with artificial teeth to replace missing ones.
Missing teeth can have a negative effect on both the oral health and the personal confidence. It can be hard to chew, and in some instances may affect the speech too. If the space is not properly filled the other teeth gradually shift and misaligned.
Tooth loss happens for many several reasons:
Severe gum disease
A split tooth that can not be fixed
Structural loss beyond repair
Regardless the reason for tooth loss, it is possible to fill the space. This has many benefits:
Prevents tooth shifting
Improved oral health and therefore quality of life
Maintain the shape of your jaw and face
Ability to speak, eat and smile normally
What Are Dental Bridges?
A dental bridge is a fixed appliance with artificial teeth to replace missing teet
Dental bridges are one of the options to replace missing teeth.
Dental bridges are permanent, prosthetic sets of teeth that can be placed in the mouth. They allow you to eat, drink, smile and talk like you normally would.
The color can be matched precisely to the teeth and they are made to fit to the bite and adjacent teeth. They look and feel like real teeth and they do not have to be removed like dentures.
How Do Dental Bridges Work?
Bridges are attached permanently to the surrounding teeth. They fill the gap between the teeth.
A dental bridge usually contains two crowns, and an artificial tooth in between the crowns. Your neighboring teeth are prepped to accommodate the bridge.
The crowns act as two anchors that hold the artificial tooth in the middle and held in place by the neighboring anchor teeth.