When it comes to filling cavities, you are given a handful of choices in materials suited best to certain conditions.
If durability and strength minus the exorbitant price is your prime motivation when choosing a dental filling, then you ought to pick out amalgams.Amalgams are made of a combination of different metals including mercury, copper and silver. This composition allows the amalgam to be extremely durable and also have a silver color. Because of how conspicuous amalgam looks against the whiteness of your teeth, they are not suitable to be used on teeth which appears along the smile line. Amalgams are often used on molars or teeth at the back of the mouth.
Since you cannot make use of amalgam in order to repair teeth which appears at the front part of your mouth or is seen through the smile line, then go for composite resin instead. This dental filling is made with a mix of silicon, quart and other ceramic substances. While they come in shades that resemble the natura color of teeth, it’s still possible for your dentist to dye the composite resin material so that it matches the exact shade of your teeth. Durability-wise, amalgams are still stronger compared to composite resin. However, this material is more reliable compared to glass ionomer fillings.
Being the weakest of all composite resin materials, glass ionomer is more commonly used on children whose milk teeth have suffered cavities. This material releases fluoride slowly but surely which helps to keep the person from suffering from tooth decay. At the same time, glass ionomer material is requires less preparations so your dentist can perform the procedure without that much hassle.
Gold Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are prefabricated dental works which are made with gold material. The strongest of the entire bunch of dental filling materials, gold is the most expensive. An inlay is attached to a small portion of the tooth which is found on the biting surface. On the other hand, onlays are dental works which cover a larger portion of the tooth. These dental works have to be made by laboratory technician before they can be attached on.. For this reason, it might take the patient a couple of weeks before the gold inlay or onlay can be attached into place.
Porcelain Inlays and Onlays
Similar to gold inlays and onlays, porcelain is less expensive and they resemble the natural color of teeth making them unsuitable for use on teeth appearing along the smile line.
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