A filling prevents further damage because it seals the area in which the bacteria have penetrated. Fillings may compromise tooth-coloured plastic (composite), glass ions and amalgam (a mixture of mercury, silver, copper, tin and zinc). Gold and porcelain can also be used for dental fillings.
What kind of filling is the best?
Selection of filling depends on the task to be solved. It may depend on i.e. the size of the hole, and whether you have allergic reactions to certain materials, but also on where in your mouth the filling is supposed to be added. Finally, the price/cost depends on the choice of filling.
☆Composite plastics are the same colour as your teeth and can therefore be used if you do not want the filling to be visible. The plastic has the consistency of marzipan and can easily be placed into the finished enucleated cleaned hole. The shape of the filling is customised and illuminated then with concentrated light that makes the plastic hardens. The composite is not suitable for fillings that are too large because they wear out with time, and can then be relatively easily break. Composite fillings can eventually become discoloured by coffee, tea or smoking.
☆Amalgam is not allowed to be used anymore, and will never be used by us. Many people choose to replace their amalgam fillings at our clinic.
☆Glass ions has previously been a popular filling material because the material separate fluoride, thus reducing the risk of holes in the edges of the embankment. Glass ions tolerate poor chewing pressure Therefore, the application is somewhat limited. Various mixtures of glass ions and composite plastics are used to treat holes in baby teeth.
☆Porcelain: Our clinic stock porcelain fillings with CADCAM technology. This ensures a fantastic result, and is an impressive technique in which work can be performed with high accuracy and precision. Porcelain fillings are prepared by taking a picture of your teeth, depicting the embankment with a computer and a milling machine.
☆Gold fillings or gold inlays can be produced by imprints/models in a dental laboratory and cemented into tje tooth. Gold is a noble metal which is well tolerated by the tissues in the oral cavity. If you have a good oral hygiene you will not have to change your gold filling. Many dentists believe that gold is a very good filling, perhaps the best. It is relatively expensive and requires multiple visits to the dentist.
If a large part of the tooth crown is missing, because of holes or damage, the best treatment is to produce a new crown. Caries has penetrated to the tooth pulp nerve can either be treated with endodontic therapy (where the injures/exposed nerve is removed), which sees to keep the pulp alive.