Problems with tooth decay? Get rid of it.
Tooth decay used to be a rare problem until people discovered the sweet taste of sugar. There are about 500 known bacteria species in the mouth and they need carbohydrates (sugar) to survive. The metabolise sugar and transform it to acids that damage the surface of teeth and may cause tooth decay. This process rarely stops on the surface of a tooth; it usually progresses deeper to the dental pulp. The pulp is a soft tissue inside a tooth and it contains blood vessels and nerves that keep the tooth alive. Our goal is to keep your teeth alive and healthy. Unfortunately, tooth decay cannot be cured. It needs to be removed with the damaged part of the tooth to prevent it from spreading. However, it is best to prevent it by correct hygiene with a focus on the most problematic areas (interdental spaces, pits, fissures and tooth “neck”).
No more worries about filling a tooth.
We use it to clean the tooth from bacterial residues, which reduces the risk of decay under the filling.
GLASS IONOMER CEMENTS
Their advantage is the chemical bond to hard dental tissue and the release of fluoride ions. These have a cariostatic and antimicrobial effect. They are used as cements under fillings. They are suitable for filling children’s milk teeth because they are easy to prepare and do not require an absolutely dry environment. Their aesthetic effect almost matches composite fillings.
Composite fillings consist of resin and filler (ceramics, quartz). This filling is more expensive than amalgam because it requires a more precise and complicated application. However, the aesthetic result is much better than amalgam. Composite fillings bond to tooth structure micro-mechanically so tooth treatment is not as extensive as with amalgam. A filling prepared in the mouth is used to treat small and medium tooth defects. Large cavities are treated by attaching composite onlays (filling prepared in the laboratory/by Cerec). The mechanical resistance of composite fillings almost matches amalgam fillings. These properties make the composite a generally suitable material for most teeth damaged by decay. You can bite immediately with a new white filling because it is hard enough when you leave the dentist. The lifespan of a white filling ranges from years to decades if it is properly done, if it fits your teeth and if you have good oral hygiene.