Dental filling, otherwise known as dental or tooth restoration, is the method by which dentists restore missing parts of the tooth structure or even a missing tooth. Dentist do it in such a way that the integrity, function, and morphology of the tooth structure remain intact. This process uses different types of dental restoration materials. A missing tooth structure supported by dental implants can also be restored through this procedure.
The Need for Tooth Restoration
Caries or dental cavities due to decay are one of the main reasons for the structural loss of a tooth. A part of or a whole tooth could be missing due to an external trauma such as an accident or fraction of the tooth. A previously placed restoration would have deteriorated creating the need for re-restoring it. Intentional loss of structure of the tooth may occur when dentists prepare the tooth for aesthetic improvements.
Restoring a Tooth Directly or Indirectly
The technique of direct restoration involves keeping a prepared soft filling into the tooth. The filling sets and becomes hard while in contact with the tooth. This procedure does not damage the tooth because it passes very limited energy on to the tooth during the setting process. Experts advise this method for restoration in areas that are unacceptably to under heavy pressure during chewing. A single visit to the dentist would suffice for this procedure. On the contrary, indirect dental restorations involve the technique of using dental impressions of the prepared tooth to fabricate tooth restoration externally. Crowns, bridges, inlays, and onlays are the common indirect restorations. This is then permanently fixed with dental cement. This process requires a minimum of two visits to the dentist.
Different Tooth Restoration Types
There are many ways for teeth restoration and the most common type is the filling restoration, done with materials such as tooth-colored plastic, silver amalgam, gold, or glass materials. Crowns gets capped to a tooth so that its shape, size, appearance, and strength remain intact. Crowns cover a dental implant or hold a dental bridge in place. When one or more missing teeth creates a gap, false teeth known as bridges helps in filling up the space. When the tooth roots needs replacement, dentists go for implants treatment. This is a small metallic post placed into the bone socket of the missing teeth and then crowned. Dentures, made of acrylic resin, replace missing teeth and surrounding tissues. These are removable and have metal attachments. While complete dentures treatment is advised when all the teeth are missing, partial dentures are done when there are some natural teeth remaining. Metal clasps fix these to the natural teeth.
The pain is throbbing and gets worse when you chew. Your gums are red and swollen. You have a horrible taste in your mouth. You notice your jaw is swollen, you are running fever – and is that a pimple on your gum? You, my friend, have an abscessed tooth, and you are in need of some dental services as soon as possible.
If you suspect an abscessed tooth, do not put off seeing your dentist – even if the pain goes away … especially if the pain goes away. You see, when the pain goes away, it is an indication that the infection has spread, and the bone in your jaw is starting to dissolve, which leads to the loss of one or more teeth. Furthermore, the infection is like any other infection – if it is not enriched, it can make its way to your blood stream.
An abscessed tooth is essentially an infection that is occurring in either a tooth or in the gum. This is usually caused by a cavity that has not been taken care of, but it can also be caused by gum disease.
Treatment for an abscessed tooth is administered by a dental care provider. He or she will do an exam to properly diagnose the situation, and then will prescribe you a course of antibiotics. Sometimes, depending on how long the abscess has been ignored, you may require two or even three courses of antibiotics to clear up the abscess, however, this does not clear up the source of the infection.
Once the abscess is taken care of, your dental care provider will find out what caused it in the first place. This may require drilling into the tooth, which will then need to be filled. Once he drills into the tooth, to the source of the infection, he will drain the infection, which will take care of the pain that you've been feeling. A root canal may also be necessary, depending on where the infection is. The worst case scenario will be that the tooth must be removed.
The best way to avoid an abscessed tooth is to practice exceptional dental care, and to have a professional cleaning twice a year with your dental health care provider.[Top]
Everybody loves to have white teeth with just the perfect shape! It actually makes them feel confident and elegant. However, having a broken tooth or a bad construction or discoloration of the teeth is a very common phenomenon. You must be wondering how to fix a broken tooth? There is nothing great to be worried about because of the various cosmetic dentistry procedures that will help you to get back that awesomeness in your smile.
The cosmetic dental treatments are available in many different types. These have become very popular today as more and more people are opting for this to look confident and smart. There are many different types of treatments under this and choosing a particular cosmetic dental treatment will depend on the particular case or situation. It is important to note that these treatments are performed by professionals and there before there is nothing much to worry about. However it becomes extremely important to engage the services of a good expert who has all the necessary professional knowledge and skills to perform the task.
As mentioned earlier there are many different types of cosmetic treatments for teeth. Some of the popular ones are discussed below –
1. Veneers – This is a treatment that is used in the case of discoloration of tooth. Actually these porcelain made shells that give the teeth a good look.
2. Crowns – For a broken tooth, this is indeed one of the best solutions. In fact, in case of a crooked tooth too, it is recommended. These are shaped similar to a real one and are used to cover the broken tooth. This also helps in protecting you from infection.
3. Dental bridge – This is a tooth-replacement procedure. Moreover it is also a great way to get the right shape of the teeth back.
4. Bonding – this is another procedure which is used to repair gaps and broken teeth.
5. Filling treatment – In this a resin material is used to fill up the gaps.
6. Brace treatment – This is used to correct improper spacing, jaw positioning disorder and occlusion.
7. Dental implants – this has become very popular and is used in the case of a missing tooth. It is typically in the form of a metal device. This is permanent unlike dental bridge which is temporary.
8. Shaping – In this process some of the enamel is removed to get it into a perfect looking shape.[Top]
It's one of the first things people see when they look at us: our smile. A bright, straight, perfect (or near to) smile is the ultimate accessory to make you look your best, and make people notice you. Unfortunately, very few of us are born with perfect teeth. In fact, the majority of people have at least small flaws among them their chompers that make them feel inclined to smile less. Cosmetic tooth bonding is an affordable and quick way to make your smile shine. In just a couple of hours your smile can go from "just okay" to radiant.
What is Bonding?
Tooth bonding is done by cosmetic dentists and is a very routine procedure that requires no anesthesia (except the bonding is being used as a filling on an affected tooth.) It is usually completed within one visit to the dentist's office and is a fairly inexpensive cosmetic treatment for people who need a little smile boost.
Bonding is used to correct small defects in teeth such as: chips, gaps, uneven surfaces, etc. It is not recommended for large flaws or for the often talked about "smile makeover". Porcelain veneers are recommended for more intensive cosmetic work.
The Bonding Process
The process is painless; first a tooth is etched, or roughened, with a chemical compound. Then a bonding agent is applied to the tooth. Finally, the bonding resin is applied, artfully shaped by your cosmetic dentist and then hardened with a special ultraviolet light.
The resin used is somewhat like putty and comes in a variety of colors to match the color of your tooth or teeth. Bonding lasts for about 10 years before it has to be replaced and is much less expensive than crowns or other dental procedures that are used to correct similar problems.
Who Should Use Bonding?
Bonding is often highly recommended by cosmetic and family dentists because it can be used on children as well, to correct uneven colors and edges on teeth, as well as fill small chips that may occur in sports or physical activity. It is also the procedure that takes the least amount of enamel off of the teeth to put into place, which is important for both adults and children.
Disadvantages of Bonding
There are some disadvantages with tooth bonding, however. The resin used in bonding stains easily and sometimes has to be replaced because of discoloration. People who smoke heavily may not be the best candidates for the process. Also, it is not a recommended practice for a complete overhaul as it would be too time consuming and would not last as long as other porcelain veneers, crowns or other options.
Tooth bonding may not be for everyone, but it is a fantastic choice for minor tooth issues and for those of us that can not wait to flash those new and improved, straight, smooth pearly whites.[Top]