Oral Health and Genetic Risk Factors

Understanding 3 Different Types of Teeth Restoration Materials

The aesthetic dental appearance of the teeth is a critical aspect with many patients. This has led to the rise of different types of restoration materials that can be used to restore your affected tooth or teeth. Here are examples of such restoration materials to help you know which one will suit you better.

Dental Composites

These are tooth-coloured filling materials that comprise of synthetic polymers and ceramic reinforcing fillers. The main work of the fillers is to provide strength to the synthetic polymers and reduce the dimensional change that may occur during cooling and heating. They also improve on aesthetics and increase stiffness. Based on the number and amount of materials in the dental composites, they may be classified under microfills, minifills or midfills. This type of restoration material is less expensive, and the process may be completed in a day. You may also feel sensitivity during the process.

Aesthetic Posts

Aesthetic posts are used in the restoration of endodontically treated teeth. This is because the material can attain high levels of adhesion within the root canal.  Factors such as trauma and caries can lead to the creation of a large flared root canal. The benefit of aesthetic posts is that they provide retention without having to prepare the tooth or teeth structure extensively, thus they are less expensive and less time consuming compared to cast restoration, which may necessitate multiple appointments.

Ceramic Crowns

These have almost replaced metallic crowns as a choice for dental crown restoration. Alumina-based crowns may tend to fracture resulting from subsurface radial cracks occurring at the cementation area. The key advantage that ceramic crowns bring is their aesthetic result and the fact that ceramic is the most biocompatible material for crown restoration. They are resistant to corrosion and have low thermal conductivity. You will also not experience any galvanic reactions.

Though offering many advantages, you will find that ceramic crowns are expensive and will necessitate a skilful dentist. The dentist must be qualified and experienced, as the preparation process will involve a sensitive technique. Your dentist will need to remove a considerable amount of your good tooth structure to be able to fill the crown area effectively. You may also experience some post-procedure pain, which mainly results from the cementation and bonding.  Another reason as to why you should let an experienced cosmetic dentistry specialist handle this procedure is that if the ceramic surface is not polished or glazed well, there will be excessive wear of the opposing tooth.