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Dental restoration allows the recovery of the structure and anatomy of damaged teeth through the application of specific techniques and materials.

Dental restoration materials: you need to know

Dental restoration materials have evolved in recent decades from metal alloys to reinforced ceramics and state-of-the-art composite resins. Not only have the material properties improved, but also the design and manufacturing procedures.

Each type of dental restoration is made with the material. Until not long ago, the fillings of the seals were made with metals (gold and silver). However, it is currently opting for natural biocompatible dental restorative materials, with practically zero and long-lasting reaction probabilities in the patient. These materials include composite resin, glass incomer, ceramic, and zirconium.

Even so, gold alloys are still used in the manufacture of crowns, porcelain-fused crown bases, or inlays inside and outside of crowns. Silver amalgam also continues to be used in fillings because it allows a good restoration of tooth shape and function and is strong, durable, and affordable. However, due to its color, it is often used to restore non-visible areas or parts.

Do I need a dental restoration in Mississauga? Does it have side effects?

With the help of cavity detection and X-rays, your dentist will determine if you need a dental restoration and which is the most appropriate if you have a cavity or if your teeth are cracked, broken or worn (common in cases of bruxism).

Remember that dental restorations have a duration time. 

Some dental restorations show aesthetic changes over time, others wear out over the years, and others show leaks. The latter can be especially dangerous because it increases the risk of bacteria and food debris accumulating, leading to new cavities, pain, and discomfort.

Dental restorations in Mississauga: What are dental inlays?

Tooth inlays are a conservative dental restoration performed when there is extensive damage to the tooth structure.

What are dental inlays for?                       

The inlay seeks the greatest possible preservation of the remaining dental tissue. When there is still an original tooth and the crown placement is not necessary. It is necessary to fill the space. Depending on the material we use, we can speak of fillings or inlays. Dental inlays are the type of dental restorations that can be performed when a crown is not required.

What types of dental inlays are there?

They differ in the amount of material required and the tooth surface covered with it. Each of them is used depending on the type of repair to be carried out.

  • Overlay Technique

It is necessary to repair and cover the entire cusp of the molar.

  • Inlay Technique

It is one of the simplest since it is not necessary to repair the cusp of the tooth.

How are dental inlays made?

The techniques for the elaboration of dental inlays can be:

  • Direct

The direct technique is a one-time intraoral procedure. It is indicated in restorations of preventive type and small and medium sizes. Dental inlays with composite resins are those carried out by the specialist directly in the patient's mouth

  • Semi-direct

The semi-direct technique is a procedure that can be carried out intraorally or extra orally. In it, cemented restorations are made in the clinic. These can be applied in one long appointment or two short ones. Suitable for medium to large size restorations.

  • Hint

In the indirect technique, the laboratory intervenes in the manufacturing process. It requires more than one appointment for its correct elaboration. Yes, it applies to large restorations.

For the indirect technique, a proper evaluation of the occlusion is carried out and the tooth to be treated is anesthetized. The appropriate preparation is made, then the impressions are taken with the precise material.

Dental inlays are conservative treatments.

Thanks to their biocompatibility, optical properties, color stability and good mechanical resistance, they advance in conservative aesthetic dentistry, replacing medium to large reconstructions. Even dental crowns when the tooth has enough remaining dental structure, avoiding the elimination of unnecessary dental structure. The dental inlay fits into the tooth like a piece of a puzzle, accurately reproducing the missing anatomy of the tooth.


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