Finally, the ideal Dental Filling!
First it was Amalgam. Yes, that is right! The old metal filling many of us still have in our mouths and that many dentists are still using. Then came gold and finally a new era of … WHITE FILLINGS!
‘White’ wasalways going to be the obvious colour for the ideal filling.
Of the 3 white fillings available today, CERAMIC is the only material of choice, because of it’s similiar characteristics to that of tooth enamel.
* Natural looking (white)
* Metal and Mercury-free
* Highly aesthetic
* Durable and Long term (Think ceramic Tiles)
* Similar to tooth enamel
* Preserves tooth structure
* Stain resistant
* No shrinkage or expansion
Ceramic, unlike other white filling materials must be made outside the mouth to obtain it’s typical charactaristics.
A good comparison is porcelain/ ceramic tiles. These tiles are not made on the spot, but rather manifactured before under very specific conditions to always produce consistant colour and other qualities.
Ceramic Fillings work in exactely the same way, but just on a smaller scale.
Here is how it works:
The dentist removes the old filling and defective tooth structure and smoothes down all sharp corners and edges.
The ceramic filling must now be made to fit exactely on and into the remaining tooth structure to complete the tooth again to its original shape. This will give us the most perfect natural looking filling available today!
IN THE PAST:
A Dental Laboratory was used to makethis ceramicfilling or crown. The dentist had to take an impression of the prepared tooth; put a temporary filling in the patient’s tooth and send the work away to the laboratory. A week to 10 days later the filling or crown comes back from the laband the dentist cements it in the patient’s mouth.
For many patients this is a very time consuming and inconvenient procedure.
– gaggy impressions
– Temporary fillings that comes out and are just inconvenient
– Third party(Lab) involvement that complicate things
– The 7 – 10 days is just too long and not very cost effective
– Shots to numb the tooth on 2 different occatons in the same area
A milling machine was invented that can now cut the precise filling or crown out of a piece of solid ceramic!
The new CEREC 3D is here and finally dentistry has come to age!
This sort of technology is nothing new in general andis being used in the vehicle manifacturing industry for many years. Most of the parts for new motor cars are being milled out of steal from a solid piece of metal. (CAD/CAM)
The same principle has been copied and finally Dentistry is reaping the benefits!
Since we launch the new CEREC 3D in our rooms patients are demanding white fillings more than ever before.
The new ‘white colour’ is really amazing and better ceramics and porcelains are now being manifactured with the speed of light.
For me as a dentist this is really incredible! I now have the chance to produce crowns and ceramic fillings in just one day and have the freedom of having my own LAB chairside. The quality of my dentistry has gone up by defaultand I am raising my own standards.
The colours I am using todayare also whiter than about 1 year ago as people are becoming more focused on their SMILE as a whole and not just the tooth in question.
Ceramic fillings are truly the world’s best filling material today and with CEREC 3D, it is now possible in only 1 visit!
Dr Francois Burger