Cosmetic Dentist – Teeth Fillings – Tooth Extraction
The best professional to place teeth fillings is a cosmetic dentist and for good reasons, too. These professional possesses the right set of education, training and work experience to perform dental restorations on even the most severely damaged teeth. Keep in mind that said professional has advanced post-graduate studies under his belt that separate him from conventional dentists.
To better understand the work that dentists perform to make teeth appear at their best, we must understand dental fillings, among other things.
What Are Dental Fillings?
Also known as dental restoration, teeth fillings are materials used in the restoration of the missing teeth’s function, integrity and structure. The damage may have been caused by any number of factors including but not limited to external trauma, caries and disease.
A cosmetic dentist will choose from two types of dental fillings, namely, the direct and indirect restorations. These are further classified depending on their size, location and type of preparation (i.e., intracoronal and extracoronal). Indeed, dental fillings should never be undertaken without proper preparation, tools and supplies lest the teeth, gums and other parts of the mouth are damaged, which will only worsen the patient’s dental problems. A cosmetic dentist will choose from two types of dental fillings, namely, the direct and indirect restorations. These are further classified depending on their size, location and type of preparation (i.e., intracoronal and extracoronal).
What Are the Materials Used?
Dentists choose from a wide variety of dental restorative materials ranging from metallic alloys to composite resins. In most cases, the final choice between these materials is decided jointly by the cosmetic dentist and the patient. The pros and cons of each material must be carefully considered since the procedure itself can be semi-permanent, visible and relatively expensive.
• Casting alloys include precious metals like gold, gold-platina alloy, and silver-palladium alloy as well as base metallic alloys like cobalt-chrome and nickel-chrome alloys. These are relatively durable but are highly visible and, thus, may not be the first choice for most modern patients.
• Dental composites typically consist of BISMA resins and inorganic fillers. These are more commonly used because of their white colour, thus, making it easier to blend into the teeth.
• Porcelain materials are used as indirect fillings as well as for jacket crowns, on-lays and in-lays, and veneers. These are also durable while still being beautiful and functional.
When choosing from these materials, we suggest discussing their pros and cons as well as looking at pictures of procedures performed with these materials with your cosmetic dentist.