Holistic Dentistry Alternatives
As we proud ourselves of providing our patients with biocompatible options for their treatments, we have included biocompatible materials and biological dentistry to our services.
Review this articles if your are interested in fillings with a Bio Dental approach:
Also if you are interesed in fillings that may take more than one oppointment (like indirect, or gold fillings) we have special Temporary Fillings to seal and protect the teeth,
What Are Dental Fillings?
A way to restore a tooth damaged by decay is by filling the cavity with a filling material molded during the dental visit. This is the main difference with indirect fillings like inlays, onlays and overlays, which are fabricated in a dental laboratory.
Dental Fillings are also used to repair cracked or broken teeth, and teeth that have been worn down. In addition, they help to prevent tooth decay in the future, by closing off spaces where bacteria can enter.
Dental fillings are placed by the dentist into the cavity where the decayed material was removed, after been cleaned the affected area. First of all, anesthetic has to be applied to remove the decayed area using a drill, laser, or air abrasion instrument.
Materials traditionally used for fillings include gold and an alloy of mercury, silver, copper, tin or even zinc, known as amalgam. Nowadays, these materials are being replaced by biocompatible ones like porcelain and composite resin.
In use for more than 150 years, amalgams are the least expensive filling, are strong and durable but require removal of some healthy tooth, and the biggest concern is the amount of mercury released during the setting process and while chewing and drinking hot beverages.
Gold alloy fillings have been in use for almost the same time as amalgams. They are extremely strong and durable but this is the highest cost material and requires at least two dental sessions to complete the process, while amalgams can be placed in a single visit.
Composite resin is the most recommended material today because it is a biocompatible material which does not require much removal of healthy tooth, and although it is more expensive than amalgams it is not as expensive as gold. Composite resin is as strong and durable as amalgams, but must be taken into account that it can break or wear out more easily.