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You May Not Be Able to Tell That You've Had a Filling These Days

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It's not too far from the truth to say that the repaired dentistry of an individual thirty years ago would look more like a patchwork quilt than anything else. Dentists way back then would simply patch up any cavities that had developed using the materials that were available at the time. This is very far from the case today, however, as the industry has developed some amazing materials that can interact with the natural make-up of the tooth itself. When you consider just how advanced dental training is as well, your visit for a filling tomorrow will represent a very different proposition.

Out with the Amalgams

Dentists know that they are not simply filling a cavity that has developed in any one tooth. They understand what type of material will be best accepted by the body and will work well with the internal structure of the tooth. In the past, they would use something called an "amalgam," which was silver and while especially strong, would stand out from the rest of your teeth. These amalgams were used frequently in the back teeth due to the forces generated by grinding and chewing. However, they were frequently stronger than the tooth that they were inserted into and this could cause cracking around the periphery.

Using Composite Resins

Today, special composite resins are bonded to the enamel of the tooth and interact well with the internal components called the dentin. Dentists go to great pains to make sure that the surface is prepared correctly first before it is sealed with a coating of resin. A number of layers of composite are added as required so that the tooth is rebuilt to look exactly like it did before.

Flexible, Strong and Hidden

These new materials are able to flex under pressure once they have been properly installed, which experts believe is far better when dealing with the tremendous forces of biting. This restoration will be not just strong and stable but will act just like the other teeth that surround it. Additionally, the colour of the composition appears to be exactly the same as the originals, so does not stand out like the old silver amalgams.

Benefits to You

Fast forward to today, and due to these developments, it's really no longer possible for the layman to tell whether you've had any fillings or not. Consequently, don't delay your visit to the dentist for any repair work needed any longer.