The rapid advancement of dental technology has now made a number of different types of dental fillings available. From gold and silver dental fillings to porcelain and plastic, dental technicians have a number of material options to choose from when preparing fillings.
Based on the type of dental damage, the patient’s budget and the dentist’s advice, the most appropriate type of dental filling is prepared. To understand how certain dental filling materials are different from others, here is an insight into the benefits of some of the most popular dental filling materials.
These fillings are known for their durability and can last for over ten years because it is uncharacteristic of these fillings to corrode. Their exceptional strength gives them the benefit of withstanding chewing pressure as well. In fact, many people find these fillings aesthetically pleasing as compared to amalgam fillings.
Just like gold fillings, silver fillings are highly durable and quite strong. Another advantage is that these fillings are more affordable, especially as compared to composite fillings.
As the name suggests, these fillings match the tooth color well, which is why they are aesthetically pleasing. In fact, composites are a popular dental filling choice for front teeth or other visible tooth parts. These fillings are also highly effective in bonding to the structure of the teeth. These versatile fillings are also helpful in repairing worn, broken or chipped teeth.
Ceramic fillings are yet another popular choice in dental fillings that are typically composed of porcelain. These fillings not only offer stain resistance but are highly abrasive as well. Because of their exceptional durability, these fillings can be as costly as gold fillings.
This filling is composed of acrylic along with a particular sort of glass material. In most cases, such fillings are used below the gum line as well as in children. Since fluoride is released from glass ionomers, they offer protection against tooth decay. As these fillings are weak and have greater chances of being fractured, their life is generally short, which can be somewhere close to five years or less.
These fillings have a lot in common with composites but since they are especially prepared in dental labs, it takes two dental visits before these fillings can be placed. Dentists typically consider these an option when there isn’t sufficient tooth structure for supporting a filling but the tooth damage isn’t severe enough to require a dental crown.
The patient’s first appointment involves removing decay or old filling. For the purpose of recording the tooth’s shape, impressions are taken of the specific tooth that requires repair and the teeth surrounding that tooth. These impressions are forwarded to a dental laboratory where indirect fillings will be prepared. Temporary fillings are used for protecting the tooth as the restoration is being developed. The second appointment involves removing the temporary filling and permanently cementing the indirect restoration into place.