Unsightly, metal dental fillings are no longer the only option in dental cavity repair. Tooth colored fillings are becoming a popular choice in dental filling treatment. At the Edmond cosmetic dentistry practice of Dr. Ross Ryan, we offer the latest treatments designed to restore the look and strength of your teeth. Here is an overview of some of the dental filling treatments available today.
Silver amalgam and gold have traditionally been used in dental fillings. Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of each.
- Silver Amalgam: Silver amalgam is commonly used for its durability and low cost. Silver fillings are a poor cosmetic choice and stand out in a white tooth. Silver amalgam is also known to turn the surrounding tooth a grayish tint. Another issue with silver amalgam is its tendency to contract and expand in the presence of hot and cold foods and drinks. This expansion and contraction can create fractures in a filled tooth, causing it to break.
- Gold: Gold fillings are non-corrosive and far more durable than silver, lasting as long as 15 years. Though many find gold fillings more cosmetically appealing than silver, they still standout in an otherwise white tooth. Gold fillings are also more expensive than silver fillings.
Tooth-colored fillings are growing in popularity because they are cosmetically appealing and durable.
- Ceramic: Ceramic, or porcelain, fillings make for a great option due to their durability and close resemblance to natural teeth. Porcelain can be colored to closely match the shade of your tooth.
- Composite Resin: Like porcelain, composite resin can be colored to match seamlessly with your own teeth. Though composite resin fillings are durable, they don't always last as long as gold or silver fillings.
Other Restorative Dental Treatments
Sometimes dental fillings are not the proper treatment to repair dental decay. Here are some other treatment options we offer for our Edmond patients' restorative dentistry needs.
- Inlays and Onlays: Inlays and onlays are tooth-colored treatments used to restore the strength and appearance of damaged teeth. Inlays are used to repair damage between the cusps on the biting surface of the teeth. Onlays are used when the damage extends to one or more cusps.
- Porcelain Veneers: Porcelain veneers are thin shells bonded to the front surface of the teeth. Veneers are tooth-shaped and can be used to improve the aesthetics of your teeth by improving their shape, size, and color.
- Porcelain Crowns: A porcelain crown may be necessary when the tooth is severely damaged by decay or fractures. Teeth weakened by large fillings benefit from the support offered by crowns. Porcelain crowns are tooth shaped caps that completely cover damaged teeth to restore their look and strength.
- Dental Implants: Dental implants are a permanent option in tooth replacement. A dental implant is a titanium post that is implanted within the jawbone; once the post integrates in the jaw, an artificial tooth is attached. Dental implants look and function just like your own teeth.
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