Tooth-coloured Dental Restorations
When a tooth gets chipped or decayed, it needs to be filled with some fillings after cleaning, this is called dental restoration. This helps to strengthen the affected tooth and prevent future breakage. Tooth-cloured dental restoration is the type of restoration where the filling is of the same color as that of the tooth.
In order to have a strong, chemically bonded filling put in your tooth, you need a tooth-colored restoration. This means that the filling can be matched to your tooth's color so that it looks like it's not there at all. These natural white-colored bonded fillings are about 90% to 95% as strong as a healthy, non-cracked tooth. 40 to 45 percent as strong as a tooth that doesn't have a hole in it.
Major benefits of tooth-colored restorations
· Beautiful in appearance
· Completed in a single visit
· No filling leaks
· Less chance of tooth cracking
Before and after: Tooth-colored filling.
Tooth-colored fillings are replacing silver dental amalgam. The composite resins used in today's tooth-colored restorations were first made available in the 1960s. They have been continually improved in terms of durability, colour stability, material handling, and aesthetics. These words aren't very clear: Tooth-colored restorations are actually "bonded" to the rest of your teeth, unlike silver/amalgam restorations, which are "locked" in. This means that resin restorations are a very low-risk way to fix a tooth because they don't need to cut into the tooth to hold the filling in place.
There are a lot of different shades of tooth-colored filling material, and each one is matched to the colour of your own teeth. For front teeth, the materials used have a high shine. For back teeth, the materials used are meant to be strong. Tooth-colored fillings look natural and can be almost impossible to tell apart.
Tooth-colored fillings are now as strong as silver amalgam fillings. This means that even a small tooth-colored filling could stay in place for a long time. Larger fillings made of the same material can be expected to last a long time. Factors that affect how long a tooth-colored filling lasts include how hard a person bites on it, how much space there is between it and the tooth, and how often people clean and care for their teeth.
A new filling should feel just like your own teeth, so you don't have to worry about it. As soon as the anaesthetic wears off, you should be able to feel your teeth and bite again. You should not notice anything different. It should be smooth and easy to move. There is a time after the restoration when you might be a little sensitive to heat. As with any other restoration, this is only for a short time.