Tooth coloured restorations

Beauty of dentistry

A smile can improve the appearance of an individual. Sometimes misaligned, discolored, chipped, broken teeth can be an obstruction to a pleasant smile. Cosmetic dentistry or aesthetic dentistry is where people turn to get a makeover of their dental appearance. The treatments vary and can help to reshape, fill the gaps, align, lighten, and repair teeth.

Cosmetic dentistry treatments include the following:

Tooth-colored restoration

To treat cavities, chipped or broken teeth, dentists suggest tooth-colored fillings made of composite resin. Composite resin is a filling material used for aesthetic dental restorations. These modern restorations are stronger and more durable than the silver fillings which are metallic, unaesthetic and damages the tooth

Inlay & Onlay

Inlays and Onlays are indirect fillings, which means they are fabricated in a laboratory and cemented onto the patient’s tooth. Inlays are made of tooth-colored materials such as ceramic or porcelain or some dental composite. They can be used to restore cavities in the teeth.

Onlays, on the other hand, will be extended to the chewing surface of the back teeth to replace one or more cusps. Onlay filling is also made of tooth-colored materials and will strengthen the tooth. People with mild to moderate tooth decay or damage would be recommended for inlay and onlay.

Space closure in anterior teeth

Space closure is one of the most common types of tooth movements performed in dentistry. Interdental spaces occur due to various reasons such as excessive arch length, missing teeth, and other teeth extractions. If the space between the teeth are mild, composite restorations or veneers can be done. In other cases an orthodontic treatment would be the ideal treatment procedure.

Authored By : Dr. S. Hemamalathi and Dr. K. S Senthil Kumar

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