Choosing the Right Material for Your Teeth

When a tooth becomes infected with tooth decay, a cavity easily develops, so that healthy tooth structure is removed and the disease furthers. Through the progression, the disease goes deeper and deeper to infect the hard tissues of the teeth, and this continues until a filling is performed. The treatment begins with tooth preparation, so that the tooth is cleaned and diseased tissue is removed; this is followed by the sealing of the opened cavity to protect the exposed pulp tissues and the restoration of the tooth structure.

The restoration that the dentist provides is either a traditional dental filling or dental inlays and onlays. If you are looking for a more retentive, stronger and more aesthetic restoration, dental inlays and onlays will make a good option. The indirect performance afford better detail to the work because the technician performs it from outside of the patient’s mouth. The additional strength provided by the cement makes the restoration stronger so that it is retained in the mouth for longer.

Inlays and Onlays may be done using all kinds of materials. The choice you make will depend on your priorities and preference:

– Porcelain: Porcelain inlays and onlays provide increased aesthetics and increased strength for restorations. The color of the porcelain may be chosen to match the natural color of the tooth, as well as the original appearance and form of the tooth so that it is not at all noticeable in the mouth. Porcelain inlays and onlays are strong and are perhaps stronger than all the other materials mentioned below.

– Ceramic: Ceramic gives a very highly aesthetic solution to restorative needs. Ceramic restorations are tooth-colored, and the specific color can be matched with the color of the natural teeth so that it is not noticeable in the patient’s mouth. In terms of strength, ceramic is a lot weaker than porcelain, but as already mentioned, aesthetics is very reliable.

– Composite Resin: Composite resin material is the same material used in traditional fillings, but they are performed outside of the mouth, so that increased detail, precision and better retention can be provided. When traditional dental fillings are no longer reliable, one can opt to receive inlays and onlays, for a more effective solution. Composite resin inlays and onlays need not be performed in the laboratory, and need not be performed by a dental technician. The dentist can take the dental cast or mould and he performs the restorative work on it, outside of the mouth, just as he would inside.

– Ceramic CEREC: CAD CAM CEREC is an innovation in dental restorations that permits immediate fabrication of ceramic restorations, so that the laboratory may be eliminated from the process. After tooth preparation, a dental impression and image is taken of the patient’s mouth, so  that it can be brought into the CAD CAM equipment, designing and fabrication can then follow, and the delivery and cementation of the restoration can be performed. CEREC technology affords immediate restorative work that is high in aesthetics and retentive property.