Restorative Dentistry is the ability of a dentist to restore the function of a tooth when it has been compromised or lost. In the event of tooth decay; pain, swelling and even tooth loss may occur if left untreated. Understanding how essential your teeth are to the overall health of your mouth, jawbone, and body, we seek to restore and preserve your teeth whenever possible. If you are in pain and have damaged or decayed teeth, have missing teeth, have a difficult time chewing due to an improper bite, have inconvenient spaces in your teeth, or any other issues, you may be a candidate for Restorative Dentistry.
Restorative fillings are done when a tooth has decay or has lost structure. These are the most common types of fillings in any dental. There are multiple materials that can be used to restore teeth. They include composite, amalgam, cast gold, and ceramics.
Types of Dental Materials for Fillings:
Composite fillings are a natural colored and can be used to change the
color of teeth or help give you a more natural smile by fixing misshapen
teeth. This material is set by using a light to cure the material. The
composite filling can be shaped and polished. The main advantage of
composite fillings is that the coloring can be matched to your tooth
shade, making them less noticeable.
Tooth bonding is the application of a tooth-colored resin material using adhesives and a high-intensity curing light. The procedure gets its name because materials are bonded to the tooth. Bonding is typically used for cosmetic purposes to improve the appearance of a discolored or chipped tooth. It is also used to close spaces between teeth, to make teeth look longer or to change the shape or color of teeth. Often times bonding is used as a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings, or to protect a portion of the tooth’s root that has been exposed when gums recede.
Amalgam is what most people think of as the silver fillings. They are mainly used for back teeth that are out of sight. Though there has been controversy about these fillings and its contents, the ADA has made many statements that they are completely safe to use and are a wonderful option to use to store your teeth.