AESTHETIC FUNCTIONAL FILLING MAY BE APPLIED WHEN:
- The teeth are damaged by caries;
- The teeth are worn out due to attrition;
- The fillings are old, of low quality, changed color;
- Darkened teeth;
- A gap between teeth;
- Dental injuries (part of a dental crown splintered off);
- To change the shape of the tooth.
THE COURSE OF AESTHETIC FILLING IN RESTORATION OF THE FRONTAL TEETH
- Consultation regarding aesthetic filling. During it, needs, expectations, and possibilities of a patient and price are discussed. A decision is made how many teeth will be restored. We assess the scale of dental defects, color, direction, shape, and attrition. We plan the time of the future visit, needed for restoration of teeth. If there are teeth with filled root canals, a control X-ray image is made. Also, it is crucial to assess the state of lateral teeth, occlusion type, and its height. It influences the longevity of restoration of the frontal teeth.
- Aesthetic filling. Its duration depends on the number of restored teeth and the complexity of defects. Most often, the time dedicated for the restoration of the frontal teeth is 4 to 6 hours. For the patient’s comfort, we apply anesthesia. Preparation is minimally invasive; the tissue of the tooth is conserved. When restoring dental attrition, often the tooth is not even prepared, only roughened with a sandblaster, it allows maximum preservation of tooth tissue. The filling is performed by placing cofferdam (protective dam from saliva, gum secretion, blood and steam from oral cavity) on the teeth restored. During the procedure, the tissues lost due to attrition and other causes and those removed during preparation are restored directly inside the mouth. The shape of the tooth, its color, clarity of enamel, the macro and microstructure of the surface, the ratio of height and length of the tooth, all these things are masterfully restored by the dentist in a jeweler-like manner so that the restoration would match the natural outlook of the tooth. Restoration requires exceptional professionalism and scrupulousness of the dentist
- Qualitative polishing of restorations provides natural shine and prevents the accumulation of bacteria at the edges of the restoration. It extends the longevity of restorations. The initial polishing is performed right after the restoration of teeth. We polish with rubber polishers, disks, brushes and paste until the maximum shine is achieved. Second polishing is performed after 2-4 weeks when the patient arrives for control visit. It takes about 1 hour. Later, once a year we recommend control checkups, polishing and, if necessary, perform a minimal correction.
AFTER AESTHETIC FILLING. WHAT PATIENT MAY FEEL?
- During filling procedure, teeth get dry, lose moisture because they‘re not moisturized with saliva in its course. Sometimes, after the filling, a color mismatch may occur. The final assessment of the color should be done after 1-2 weeks after the dental moisture is completely restored. We inspect it during control checkup after the filling. The color is corrected if necessary.
- Sensitivity (of teeth and gums). After the procedure, the gums may be sensitive, rubescent and may bleed when brushing teeth. It is normal and passes away in 1to 3 days. After the filling, when the effect of anesthesia wears off, the sensitivity of gums may be present, which will pass on the next day. In more rare cases, when very deep cavities damaged by caries are restored, sensitivity may remain for 1 to 4 weeks.
- The shape of the tooth. In cases when teeth were elongated (in case of attrition, wearing off), it may look unusual to the patient’s eye. It’s recommended to assess the length of the restored teeth after 3-4 weeks so that the eyes of the patient could get accustomed to the new shape of the teeth. Upon the patient’s request we can shorten teeth after 3-4 weeks.
- After the filling, when the shape of teeth is altered, in rare cases, pronunciation may be impaired. Once the patient gets accustomed, the impaired pronunciation normalizes.
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