Teeth are very delicate when it comes to our everyday lifestyle, through sugary diets or lack of oral hygiene the teeth can deteriorate causing decay. When decay is present it creates a large impact that changes the structure of the tooth potentially creating cavities causing pain and sensitivity.
Direct tooth restoration involves placing a filling into a prepared tooth cavity immediately. This procedure can be done in a single visit. No one type of filling is best for everyone. What's right for you will be determined by the extent of the repair, whether you have allergies to certain materials and the area in the mouth the filling will be situated.
Amalgam fillings are silver in colour and are usually used on the back teeth, this is due to them being very hard wearing. These would not be advisable on the front teeth due to their stand out colour.
Composite fillings are very popular as these are tooth coloured making them less noticeable in the mouth and they can be placed in any area depending on each individual. Composite fillings are considered to be purely cosmetic and consist of powdered glass and ceramic material making them the desirable option with a natural looking finish.
Glass ionomer fillings are mostly used as a temporary restoration. They are tooth coloured and can be placed on deciduous teeth, this is an effective yet weaker material that releases fluoride preventing any further decay.
Restorations are a quick pain free procedure, leaving cavities in situ and untreated can result in further extensive treatment such as root canal or in severe cases extraction.