Quality is decisive
Once your dentist, Christian Bärenklau, has successfully removed the caries on a tooth, it’s important to provide the tooth with a filling or crown. For the team at the Bärenklau dental practice, the principle with fillings is also: looks are also important, the aesthetic effect, especially in the case of front teeth. However, what’s just as decisive is that the jaw joint and teeth work together in perfect harmony even after the treatment. For this, precision is required above all so that there is no disturbance while biting and no plaque can set in at the edges of the fillings. So there are many factors which make up the quality of a filling.
For plastic fillings, we use the so-called composite multi-layer technique. This involves applying a tooth-coloured plastic directly into the tooth in layers, whereby each layer is individually hardened using special UV light. Through a special fastening technique, which precedes the actual filling, the filling material and the tooth are firmly bonded together. This way an optimal border seal for the filling and high durability are achieved. This technique is however only suited to smaller to medium caries defects because, for larger “holes”, maintenance using more stable ceramic material is required.
What type of tooth fillings are there?
For interested readers, we will provide a short overview of the tooth filling materials in use today here. The team at the Bärenklau practice relies mainly on ceramics as described above. First of all, however, mention should be made of the filling material, amalgam which is described as “sufficient” or “practical” (and which standardly belongs to the scope of services provided by statutory health insurances)
Amalgam: only ever seldom still in use
Amalgam is actually an established material for making tooth fillings, but in order to reduce general exposure to mercury as far as possible and due to deficiency in terms of aesthetics, the frequency of its use is continuously diminishing. Many dentists are already categorically rejecting amalgam. “Amalgam-free” practices often signify state-of-the art and also holistic dentistry.
Ceramics: characteristic traits of the tooth
Thanks to the CEREC process, your inlay made of high-quality fine dental ceramics will be produced here at the practice directly. Through components such as quartz, it will closely resemble the properties of a natural tooth. Through appropriate colouring pigments, light refraction and the appearance of the ceramics can be determined so that you will not be able to tell the difference from your other teeth.
Gold inlays have a very long tradition and are still considered to be a very good filling material if you are not considering the aesthetical aspect. They fulfil the highest demands in terms of safety, durability and tolerance to the material. Previously, gold in your mouth signified affluence, whereas today it tends to be perceived as objectionable in visible areas.