Esthetic fillings come as an alternative to traditional silver and amalgam fillings. Compared to silver and amalgam fillings which can be easily noticed and attract unwanted attention to your teeth, esthetic fillings are virtually inconspicuous and unrecognizable because their color is matched to the color of your natural teeth.
Esthetic fillings contain no mercury; rather, they are made from a special composite material that is bonded directly to the teeth.
Rebuilding of fractured tooth
In case you have chipped off just a small piece of tooth enamel, the damage may be repaired with a filling. If it is a front tooth that needs to be treated or tooth that can be seen when you smile, a procedure called bonding, which uses a tooth-colored composite resin is used.
If a large piece of tooth breaks off or the tooth has a lot of decay, grind or file away a part of the remaining tooth is filed away and is covered with a crown, or cap which is tooth sized, made to protect the tooth and improve its appearance. Porcelain and resin crowns can be made to look nearly identical to the original tooth.
The loss of tooth structure owing to reasons such as decay of fracture brings about such a situation where there is not enough tooth structure to properly retain the crowns. In such cases the post and core treatment is used where sufficient tooth structure is built up followed by future restoration with a crown. A dental post is used to anchor the core to the tooth whereas a dental core can be placed in any tooth. Unlike other techniques, the uniqueness of post and core is that they can only be placed in a tooth that has had root canal treatment.