Over time, bacteria and plaque can cause decay in our teeth. If left untreated, that decay can cause gum disease, bad breath, and other serious health concerns in and outside our mouths. This occurrence is known as a cavity, and your dentist will be able to assess and treat all types of cavities with something called a filling. Different types of dental fillings are also used to repair cracked and broken teeth that may have become worn down over the years.

The tooth is first numbered, and then your dentist will drill into the tooth to remove all signs of decay. After which, the cavity left open from decay removal will be filled. There are many different types of dental fillings, suitable for different situations. There are two types of indirect fillings. The first type, inlays, feature dental work within the cusps of the surface of the tooth. On the other hand, onlays cover more than one cusp, involve much more extensive work, and are often considered partial crowns.

Many practices offer cast gold fillings. While these are expensive, they are very long lasting, and can protect the cavity of a tooth for up to 15 years (sometimes longer). Gold is a very strong metal, and can withstand a lot of chewing and other types of wear and tear. Some people also prefer the look of gold to silver colored metals offered. Keep in mind, these types of fillings are expensive, and may require more than one dental visit to properly fill the cavity. Silver is also widely used because it is long lasting and very strong. On the other hand, silver does not match the natural color of teeth, and a small percentage of patients experience an allergic reaction to this type of metal.

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These days patients have become far more vigilant than what they were few years ago. Patients are now taking good care of their oral health. That being said there are many others who suffer from cavities and have to undergo dental restorations with the help of dental fillings. There are different types of fillings which are being used these days and since we take up this opportunity to talk about all of them. This is an attempt to help you out so that you can choose what best suits you.

There is one such dental filling which has been used since ages. This is the amalgam filling. This is being used since the last 150 years. The composition of amalgam filling is a mixture of metals – just as the name suggests. So ideally it contains 50 percent mercury, along with tin, copper, silver or zinc. As compared to the other types of dental fillings the advantage that amalgam has is that they are less costly, very strong and last really long. However the disadvantage is that they are silver in color and over a period of time the color diminishes. This means that when you open your mouth there will be something odd for people who are talking to you. Furthermore there was a time when amalgam fillings were deemed to be unsafe by ADA because of mercury content. However now it has been proved that the level of mercury is safe enough to be used but then it is always better to keep your options open.

Your next option for dental fillings is the composite filling. They are made out of powdered glass and acrylic resin and are far much advantageous than the amalgam fillings. The biggest advantage of composite filling is that they can be colored to … Read the rest

While general dentists perform procedures that are necessary to good oral health, such as cleanings and root canals, cosmetic dentists perform elective procedures to correct aesthetic flaws. Many elective cosmetic procedures, such as dental bridges, can also have a conservative purpose, and we'll discuss some of these in this guide.

Innovations in cosmetic dentistry have made a trip to the dentist's office an entirely new and rewarding experience for millions of Americans, and many procedures are even covered by dental insurers! So whether you're fixing a single tooth or getting a total smile makeover, arm yourself with these facts to help you decide on a procedure that fits your dental and aesthetic needs and budget.

What Is Dental Bonding?

A favored procedure for minor dental corrections, bonding – also known as composite bonding – is a quick and affordable way to correct a variety of dental flaws such as:

  • Cracks
  • Discoloration
  • Gaps
  • Low Bite Pressure (caused by short or uneven teeth)
  • Tooth Decay

If you have any of these dental issues you may be a good candidate for bonding.

How Does Bonding Work?

After inspecting the tooth in question, your dentist will select a color for the composite resin (the material used in bonding) that most closely matches your tooth. He or she will then roughen the outer layer of your tooth, removing a minimal amount of tooth enamel, and apply a strong adhesive that will help the resin stick. Next your dentist will apply the resin and shape it to fill in any cracks or gaps or change the contours of your tooth. Afterwards, a dental laser is used to "bond" the material to your tooth. A local anesthetic is generally only required when tooth decay or nerve damage is involved.

How Long Does Bonding Take?

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Orthodontics is a dental treatment that focuses on rectifying, preventing and treating any irregularities of the teeth and jaws. Orthodontists also focus on treating disorders and abnormalities in the jaw area.

Cosmetic dentistry is a highly specialized science and different areas of cosmetic dentistry focus on different problems.So, it is important to know when to approach an orthodontist.

Basically, an orthodontic problem is one that has to do with 'bite problems'. So, you must visit an orthodontist, if you have any of the following problems:

1. Crooked or crowed teeth

2. Misaligned teeth

3. Overbite or underbite

4. Extra teeth

5. A disorder or misalignment in the jaws

These days, many young children and young adults suffer from 'bite problems'. Most of these problems are associated with misaligned teeth. Although patients of any age may benefit from orthodontic treatments, the best age for treating developmental misalignments is between 10 and 14 years of age. That said, even adults can consider undergoing orthodontic treatments for problems that are trapped in childhood.

Fixing braces is one of the most popular orthodontic treatments. In the past, braces were made of metal. They were painful and looked quite a mouthful. These days, however, clear, plastic braces, otherwise known as invisalign treatment, is available for people with alignment problems. These are convenient and fast. Most importantly, the clear braces can not be seen and may be removed and cleaned as required.

How to choose an orthodontist in Ohio

Ohio is one of the most advanced states in the US, when it comes to quality dental care. With various developments in technology, patients can expect to find the best orthodontists in Ohio.

The best way to find a reputed orthodontist in Ohio is still the old fashioned way – word of mouth. Ask your regular dentist … Read the rest

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