The advances of modern dentistry are many, but we yet have to find a way of reversing the ravages of tooth decay. Once caries have been detected in a tooth, the only way to stop its progression is to remove the decay until sound tooth structure has been reached, and replace it with a filling material.
Fillings fall into the following categories:
- Silver Fillings. This is one of the most common permanent filling materials and has been used successfully for the past 150 years. It is durable, economical and easy to use.
- Composite Resins. This filling material is a tooth coloured plastic mixture filled with glass. It is esthetically pleasing as it can be matched to the shade of the tooth. Composite is placed in layers, each later being hardened by means of a curing light.
- Inlays. These types of fillings are made up of gold or porcelain and require two visits. An impression is taken of the tooth after the decay is removed and the tooth prepared. A technician fabricates the filling in gold or porcelain and the inlay is cemented in at the second visit.
All filling materials have advantages and disadvantages, after a complete examination of your mouth, we will be us able to recommend the filling best suited to your needs.