Fillings are one of the simplest and most widely used dental restorations. They are used to fill cavities, cracks, occlusal grooves, reshape teeth, and fill excessive gaps between adjoining teeth. While mercury-based amalgam was the most prominently used material for the fabrication of fillings, its use has been discontinued lately due to various drawbacks that it poses.
What are the advantages of choosing porcelain fillings?
- Porcelain fillings can be customized according to the appearance of the natural teeth. Their color, texture, translucency, and contour can be customized as required.
- They offer excellent sealing properties. Once a porcelain filling is placed in the cavity, it keeps the microbes in the mouth from entering the cavity and causing further infection and decay.
- Porcelain fillings are highly durable and long-lasting.
- They feel just like the natural enamel in the mouth, thereby restoring ideal oral functionality.
What does the procedure involve?
When you visit us for the consultation, the dentist will visually examine your teeth to determine the severity of the condition. Your candidacy for the filling will be decided, after which you will be prepared for the filling. If there are tartar deposits on the teeth, they will carefully be removed. The dentist uses an ultrasonic scaling device for the purpose. It has a metal tip that vibrates at ultrasonic frequencies, which helps to dislodge adhered tartar and remove the decay from the cavity.
The dentist makes the filling by matching it with the color of the teeth. Before applying the filling, the tooth will be etched or roughened to ensure the filling adheres well to its surface. This is done using an etching solution. The filling will be applied on the tooth and contoured accordingly, after which it will be polished to give it the perfect luster.
Please schedule an appointment online or call us at (770) 458-3600 to have a consultation with our dentists, and we will be happy to help.