Everybody is concerned about their physical appearance. and teeth being one of the most important aspects of one’s looks there has been a greater awareness of tooth coloured restorative materials.
The replacement of a decayed portion of the tooth with silver amalgam was used in the past, but the silver colour is replaceable only in the posterior teeth which does not show much, but it is highly not recommended in the anterior teeth.
Which teeth are required to be restored?
Most of the people are inattentive towards the teeth problems which aren’t painful, and often wait for a particular tooth to get to an extent where it has decayed to a point where it cannot be saved and have to undergo compromising treatment.
So, When is the right time to get a tooth treated?
The signs can be both seen and felt by a particular individual. These include blackish spots on the teeth which are very evident while you smile or talk, lodgement of food in that area, sometimes black coloured small holes on the surface of the tooth. All of these represent the commencement of caries or decaying of the tooth, which is restricted to the upper portion of the tooth namely enamel and dentin and should be treated to avoid further destruction of the tooth and maintaining its vitality.
What are the various restorative materials?
silver amalgam was the material of choice for restoration of the tooth.the drawback of this restoration is that it requires more tooth preparation than the others, it is not aesthetic and it has high chances of fracture.
What are Tooth coloured restorative materials?
The traditional ways of restorations have been replaced by various advanced materials, with superior properties in all aspects.
These materials include
- Glass Ionomer Cement (GIC)- usually used in primary teeth or in non stress bearing areas of tooth.
All of these cements vary in their properties like, strength, durability, shades, etc.
Why are they better than traditional ways of restoration?
- Can be easily shaped according to the tooth structure, and prevents over the preparation of the tooth.
- They bond naturally to the tooth surface.
- Match the natural color of the tooth.
- High strength and fracture resistance.
- Amalgam may have a risk of mercury toxicity in some individuals.