Today, technological developments and medical knowledge continue to offer many innovations to patients in the field of oral and dental health. Thanks to these developments, people both protect their oral and dental health at the maximum level and can choose the most suitable aesthetic treatments for them. Dental fillings, which are one of the common treatments in dentistry, have diversified with many types with these innovations.
What Are The Dental Fillings Types?
If your tooth has decayed for any reason, that tooth should be removed from that decayed area. Otherwise, results that lead to tooth loss will occur. When you go to the dentist, your dentist decides which types of dental fillings to use in the area of the tooth after cleaning the caries. In addition, patient preferences also play an important role in deciding which type of filling will be decided.
Composite Dental Fillings:
The composite that gives this filling its name is actually a material consisting of two or more different materials coming together. Composite dental fillings, which are frequently used in dentistry, are a mixture of very fine glass particles and plastic. In this way, aesthetics and durability are provided.
Composite dental fillings are called white fillings in daily life. It is a more suitable type of filling among the types of dental fillings economically. Therefore, it is one of the dental fillings types that patients demand more. We can say that the biggest advantage is that the treatments are completed in a single session.
Composite dental fillings are easy to clean. However, if people do not pay enough attention to oral care, discoloration can be seen in these teeth. The service life of composite dental fillings varies depending on the size of the filling and the importance that the person gives to dental health. However, people can easily use correctly made and preserved composite fillings for many years.
Since it is compatible with the color of the teeth, it is often preferred for the anterior teeth that appear during speaking and smiling. This application on anterior teeth is also called composite bonding or composite tooth veneers. We, as Adalya Antalya Dental Clinic in Turkey, frequently apply composite bonding treatment. Composite bonding in Turkey is frequently used in Turkish and foreign patients.
Inlays and Onlay Filllings:
Inlay and onlay fillings are applied in cases where there is not enough tooth tissue left in the tooth after cleaning the tooth decay. In addition, another area of use is teeth that are not damaged enough to be veneered.
In fact, inlay and onlay fillings are a treatment between a standard filling and a veneer called crown in dentistry. The usage area of the inlay filling covers the narrower part of the tooth. However, the usage area of the onlay filling covers larger tooth losses. The difference between these 2 methods is just that.
Inlay and onlay fillings produced in the laboratory are made of ceramic or fiber reinforced composite as well as porcelain. Therefore, in everyday language, people know these fillings as ceramic fillings. They are produced in the same color as the tooth color and are very resistant to staining. Inlay and onlay fillings are among the most aesthetic dental fillings types.
Since these fillings must be prepared in the laboratory, the filling process is completed in 2 sessions. Patients use inlay and onlay fillings for 15-20 years without losing their properties. (As Adalya Dental Clinic, we decide on inlays and onlays in Turkey according to the conditions and preferences of our patients.
Dental Amalgam Fillings:
Amalgam filling, which is one of the types of dental fillings used in the process of dental fillings since ancient times, is sometimes called gray filling and sometimes silver filling.
The content of this type of filling is a mixture of silver, zinc, copper and mercury. They do not provide an aesthetic appearance. Therefore, nowadays the use of dental amalgam fillings has decreased. The fact that mercury in the content of amalgam filling is not preferred in terms of health plays a big part in this.
Gold fillings are the most durable fillings together with inlay and onlay porcelain fillings. It is made by adding gold to other filling materials. Gold fillings become ready in the laboratory environment and adhere to the tooth. It is one of the expensive types of dental fillings due to both its construction and the materials it contains. Gold filling application takes place in at least 2 sessions. People can use these fillings for at least 20 years.
With the advice of the dentist, patients have the opportunity to choose filling types that last longer or look more aesthetically pleasing. However, your dentist will answer which types of dental fillings will be the best choice for you. Because not every filling option may be right for you.