Teeth colored fillings are Composite fillings, also called plastic or white fillings.To place this filling, your dentist cleans all decay from the tooth and puts a glue (or bonding material) on the inside of the hole. Composite resin is put into the hole in thin layers. Each layer gets hard with the help of a special light that your dentist holds over the tooth. When the last layer of the filling is hard, your dentist shapes the filling so it looks and feels natural.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth – to cover the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and improve its appearance. The crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.
Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth.A bridge is made up of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap these two anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth and a false tooth/teeth in between. These false teeth are called pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.
Dentures are removable appliances that can replace missing teeth and help restore your smile. If you’ve lost all of your natural teeth, whether from gum disease, tooth decay or injury, replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health. That’s because dentures make it easier to eat and speak better than you could without teeth things that people often take for granted.
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are also known as ‘indirect fillings’ and are useful for repairing slight tooth decay damage.Both inlays and onlays are placed in one visit to the dentist and this makes them non-invasive and very rapid solutions. However there will be some associated pain and as such the patient will be given a local anaesthetic and often provided with nitrous oxide and oxygen. The decay on the tooth will also need to be removed before the inlays and onlays are applied.