Dear Doctor Magazine - Issue 8 - (Page 36)
COSMETIC & RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY The Natural Beauty of Tooth Colored Fillings By Pascal Magne, DMD, PHD T he public’s demand for aesthetic tooth colored (metal free) restorations (fillings) together with the dental profession’s desire to preserve as much natural tooth structure as possible has led to the development of special “adhesive” tooth colored restorations. And this demand is not limited to front teeth. It is now clearly established that a new “Biomimetic Approach (bio – life, mimetic – mimicking) to dentistry is possible through the structured use of tooth-like materials such as composite resins and porcelains. Scientific studies and clinical experience have validated their use as both safe and predictable. These changes have significantly impacted upon the way modern dentistry is practiced. Indeed, we may have even entered the so-called “post-amalgam era.” These techniques are also suitable for children’s teeth and can incorporate fluoride to reduce decay rates. This article will review this evolution and the process that has led to the development of materials that bond successfully to the building blocks of the teeth, enamel and dentin. Properly restored teeth not only function and wear normally under biting forces, but also look indistinguishable from natural teeth. Properly restored teeth function and wear normally, appearing indistinguishable from natural teeth.
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