A dental filling restores the function of a tooth that has been damaged by deterioration or fracturing. It gives a decayed or recently filled tooth a more natural look. Today’s dental fillings are teeth-colored, blending in well with tooth enamel and bonding to the remaining tooth structure. In this article, we will discuss the several types of teeth fillings modern dentistry offers.
Today’s most common fillings are composite fillings. They are made of composite resin and have a natural appearance. Composite fillings start soft and are molded by hand during the filling procedure. The composite is then hardened by using blue light to disinfect it. Composite fillings are very long-lasting and adhere well to tooth enamel.
Many years ago, amalgam fillings, also known as silver fillings, were the most common fillings. They have, though, lost favor in recent years. Amalgam fillings are a mixture of metal alloys that can contain traces of mercury and are black, making them unpopular. Many people opt for tooth-colored fillings instead of silver fillings.
Porcelain fillings are used to replace teeth that have been deeply filled or have lost a significant amount of tooth structure. They are more robust and heavier than composite white fillings. They have a teeth-colored appearance and adhere to the tooth structure. This choice is suitable for teeth that have lost more than 60% of their tooth structure.
Deep pits and fissures in our molar teeth will make it difficult for the bristles of our toothbrush to clean them, resulting in a breeding ground for bacteria that can cause decay or cavities. Fissure seals are dental sealants that are applied to the pits and fissures of the teeth to create a buffer between plaque, bacteria, and food particles.