Cavities / Fillings
What are Dental composites?
Dental composites are also called white fillings. Dental composite resins (better referred to as “resin-based composites” or simply “filled resins”) are types of synthetic resins that are used in dentistry as restorative material or adhesives.
Dental composite resins have certain properties that will benefit patients according to the patient’s cavity. It has a micro-mechanic property that makes composite more effective for filling small cavities where amalgam fillings are not as effective and could therefore fall out (due to the macro-mechanic property of amalgam). Read more about compsites on Wikipedia.
Many people still have silver/mercury fillings in their mouths from years past. These fillings are not particularly pleasing to the eye, since amalgam is NOT the most commonly used filling material in use these days.
Advantages of Tooth-Colored Restorations
There are many advantages to tooth-colored restorations.
- Composite resigns are bonded to the teeth creating a tight, superior fit to the natural tooth.
- Chemically bonded restorations remains intact longer, are much stronger and provide a pleasing look.
- Since the resin used in tooth-colored restorations contain fluoride this can help prevent decay.
- The resin wears like natural teeth and does not require placement at the gum line, which is healthier for your gums!
Disadvantages Of Silver Fillings
Silver fillings has some limitations.
- The edges of the silver filling can wear down, become weak or break.This results in the tooth not being protected and creates an environment where cavities get started once again.
- With age, the metal of a silver filling expands, contracts, and can split. Along with the expansion and contractions, it is very common for metal fillings to develop micro-fractures that cause small leakages that cause the growth of decay underneath the filling; further weakening the tooth structure.
- Silver fillings contain 50 percent mercury.
- They can corrode, leak, and cause stains on your teeth and gums.
Read more about amalgam fillings on Wikipedia.
Fortunately, silver fillings can safely be replaced with tooth-colored restorations.
Definition of Composite Filling (White Filling) / Resin Filling
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
An impacted wisdom tooth is a tooth that does not erupt from the gums properly. It may cause pain and become infected without professional extraction.
Asymptomatic Wisdom Teeth
Asymptomatic wisdom teeth are teeth that show no symptoms of inflammation or overcrowding in the mouth. They may not be inflammed or irritated.
Cysts are fluid-filled sacs that usually contains puss and can occur anywhere on the body. When its in your mouth it can be quite painful as your tongue may irritate it.
Cosmetic dentistry is generally used to refer to any dental work that improves the appearance (though not necessarily the function) of a person’s teeth, gums and/or bite. Smile Makeover is usually a cosmetic procedure which will rejuvenate your smile and build up your confidence.
An advanced mouth guard creation technique. Vacuum formed mouthguard involves customizing the mouthguard to match a mold of the individual patient’s teeth for a PERFECT fit.
A dental checkup is an appointment that involves cleaning the teeth, identifying any signs of infection and removing said signs of infection at least once every six months in the office. Read more about it here.
The third molars are also known as the wisdom teeth and typically require removal in order to prevent pain and other issues in the mouth.
A dental Prophy or cleaning is a professional and detailed cleaning that involves the removal of plaque, calculus and stains from the teeth. Read more about it here.
A tooth fracture can result from multiple sources including an accidental blow to the face during a sports game, biting on something really hard, falling face first. It’s recommended that you see your dentist soon after a dental fracture. Dental Fractures may be quite painful.