Today you have more options when it comes to fillings. Gold and silver have been used over the years to fill cavities but they are not always the best choice for treating a cavity. With advances in the cosmetic dentistry there are now many tooth colored options for dental fillings and they can be used to replace old metal fillings.
Many patients prefer tooth colored fillings because they are completely invisible to an onlooker and more pleasing than having a mouthful of metal. There are different types of tooth colored fillings available. The dentist can help you choose the best type for your situation. Composite resin and ceramic fillings are both popular choices for tooth-colored fillings.
Composite Resin Fillings
Composite resin fillings begin the consistency of a putty. This is applied to the tooth and then shaped. The resin hardens using a laser or ultraviolent light to cure it. These fillings add strength to damaged teeth because less of the tooth needs to be removed to apply the resin.
Ceramic fillings are very sturdy and durable. Ceramic fillings do not require much of the tooth surface to be removed so that helps retain the integrity of the tooth and reduce any risk of breakage. Ceramic fillings can last up to 15 years with good care.
No matter which type of tooth-colored filling you choose you can rest assured the dentist will match the color of the resin to the natural color of your teeth. Other than you and your dentist know one else will ever know you have a filling.
Periodontal disease leads to tooth loss and other types of health problems so it is important to treat it early. There are several forms of periodontal disease. Gingivitis is the most common and the mildest form of periodontal disease. It is caused by a lack of good oral hygiene. Gingivitis makes the gums swell and become red. Gums will bleed easily. At this stage a patient rarely experiences pain or discomfort. There are other health issues that also affect the development of gingivitis and these include: soking, age, diabetes, stress, puberty, pregnancy, substance abuse, HIV infections, medications and other systemic diseases.
This is the next stage in the progression of gingivitis. Over time plaque spreads and grows below the gum line. The bacteria produce toxins that irritate the gums. This results in an inflammatory response by the body. The body begins to attack the tissue and bone that supports the teeth. Gums begin to separate from the teeth and form “pockets” or spaces between the teeth and the gums that get infected. Teeth can become loose and may have to be removed. There are several forms of periodontitis from aggressive to necrotizing periodontal disease that destroys gingival tissues, ligaments and the alveolar bone. Lesions of this type are most commonly seen in people with a systemic condition such as HIV or malnutrition.
Periodontal disease can occur at any age although it is most common in adults unless the periodontal disease is due to a systemic condition. In this case periodontal disease can occur at a very young age.
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