For more than 100 years, dentists restored teeth primarily with a material made of mercury and silver. The procedures tended to hold up pretty well, but there were some weaknesses, including teeth cracking due to the expansion of the material and restorations turning black as the silver corroded.
Fortunately, we have excellent new techniques in adhesion dentistry that have better, longer-lasting results. We can replace old crowns and bridges with metal-free restorations. The difference between the old metal fillings and our new porcelain restorations is amazing. The porcelain restorations reflect the translucence of natural teeth, don't show wear, or cause opposing teeth to erode. Plus, fitting the crown or bridge is so easy that these dental procedures can be accomplished in one appointment.
What is restorative dentistry?
Restorative dentistry consists of dental work that aims to restore, repair, and enhance the appearance of your teeth. If you have missing, chipped, or decaying teeth then your dentist will likely suggest performing a restorative dental procedure. Dentists use restorative dentistry best practices to help you achieve better tooth function and improve your oral health.
Types of restorative dental work includes fillings, dental crowns or caps, dentures, bridges, root canals, dental bonding, and implants.
What is tooth enamel and can tooth enamel be restored?
Tooth enamel is the thin outer layer of your tooth that covers and protects it. Tooth enamel is tough, as it's one of the hardest substances produced by a human body. Although it's tough, it's not indestructible. Sugary and acidic substances can mingle with your saliva and wear away your enamel over time.
Your body cannot make new enamel. Recently, people have claimed that coconut oil can restore tooth enamel, but this is simply untrue. Although your body cannot make new enamel, Kneib Dentistry can help restore your teeth to their natural appearance through services such as dental bonding, crowns, and veneers.
What are the different types of dental fillings?
Typical dental fillings include gold, silver mercury (amalgam), composite, porcelain and ceramic materials. Although porcelain and ceramic fillings have a higher out of pocket costs for some patients, these are the best recommended dental filling materials.
What's the difference between a dental crown and a cap?
There isn't a difference between caps and crowns, these words are complete synonyms. You can think of them as different titles for the same thing.
Do tooth fillings hurt?
Tooth fillings don't really hurt, although you may experience mild discomfort if you're getting a tooth filled. Your dentist will typically numb the area surrounding the tooth that's getting filled before they do any work on your teeth. What can be painful is putting off your dental check ups and avoiding fillings when they're needed!