The word 'fillings' is just a catch all phrase used in dentistry by the patient and the doctor to describe the restoration that helps a tooth be 'restored' to its normal health. The tooth orteeth in question may have a cavity, or have brokenand it is 'filled' , that is the cavity (decay) wasremoved and a filling of some sort was put inthe 'cavity hole' to bring the tooth to a normal healthy state again.
There are many different types of fillings that are used in dentistry today, from the old "silver fillings" to the new porcelain or ceramic fillings. Below are some of the filling materials that we use to help restore a tooth;
The amalgam fillings are also known as silver fillings because of their appearance.
Most of you probably have had some of these in the past. These fillings are not
the choice of today
though because of the new advancements in the materials and technology that dental care has to offer.
Here is a list of some of the filling materials that we use to help restore a tooth;
Acrylic fillings are fillings which are made up of a plastic material. Most of these are used for just temporary situations.
Composite restorations can be used to restore teeth that have cavities, chips, and fractures. They can match
the color of your teeth and thus will blend in very naturally.When done properly, you can not even tell that there is a
filling on the tooth. Composites are used especially for bonding a tooth.
Porcelain restorations are becoming better and better as every year passes.
They can now be used for all types
of restorations, from small fillings to full crowns. Just like composites, the color of the porcelain will
match your natural tooth color. But the advantage of porcelain is the strength factor.
They are much stronger than composite materials. They are bonded to the tooth, creating a almostunbreakable restoration.
Gold fillings are just as the name applies, gold restorations. These types of fillings are excellent especially in the chewing areas of the mouth ( back teeth ). They are cast to precisely fit your tooth and are cemented or bonded in place permanently. They are extremely strong and should never chip or break.