Caries And Treatment Options

What Are Individual Precautions To Prevent Caries Formation?

In order to prevent the formation of caries, the teeth should be properly brushed at least twice a day and the food residues between the teeth should be removed using a dental floss. Carbohydrate and sugary foods should be avoided as much as possible, especially between meals. Sugar-free chewing gum is recommended to be used as it increases saliva and removes food residue, a glass of water also does the same job, excessive chewing gum consumption should be consumed with caution as it may lead to joint problems. Mouthwashes etc. It is recommended to be used as supplements in mouthwashes.

The dentist should be visited at least every 6 months for control.

What kinds of applications can dentists make to prevent the formation of caries?

With fissure sealants applied to these areas of teeth with deep fissures, which are difficult to clean, the accumulation of food residues is prevented.These products, also called fissure sealent, are applied to the most suitable areas for decay, both mechanically preventing plaque accumulation and preventing initial decays thanks to the fluor they release.

What is fluor and how does it affect caries?

Fluor is an element that has been used for years to prevent tooth decay. Fluor penetrates the enamel surface damaged by bacteria and provides the repair of that area. This element, which is found in various forms, is found in many forms from city water to toothpaste.

Are there any innovations in filling technology? What are they?

Yes, nowadays, we can apply aesthetic filling materials that can be made in accordance with the color and shape of the tooth instead of amalgam (silver) filling with traditional methods when filling molars. These are both more robust, more aesthetically and clinically longer.

Why do the fillings break?

Physician's wrong indication

Durability of the material (composite, amalgam)

Physician's wrong indication

Filling life over time

What types of fillings are there, where are they used? In general, amalgam, composite and ceramic fillings can be applied to the posterior teeth. Although it has been safely applied for more than a hundred years, it is now less preferred because of its mercury content and does not meet aesthetic expectations. Although the composite filling has aesthetic advantages, it is thought-provoking that chewing resistance is not always sufficient in the posterior teeth. In ceramic filling, all these disadvantages are eliminated.With the correct application, it is not as difficult to have both healthier, more durable and more aesthetic restorations.

Is it possible to say that ceramic filling is more advantageous?

Definitely yes, when the right choice is made, these materials, which have a success of 95% with 10 years of clinical studies in dentistry with careful application, have now found more use.

Are there any disadvantages of ceramic filling?

Requires multiple sessions and costs

Can ceramic filling be applied to every decayed tooth?

It can be applied to almost any molar tooth. However, your dentist will make the right decision depending on the situation.

Is ceramic fragile?

Its life is very long when applied and used carefully. Like any porcelain restoration, there is a risk of breakage.

What is the difference from normal ceramic crown prosthesis?

In a tooth with a traditional crown prosthesis, the entire tooth surface is abraded, and a restoration that sits on the tooth causes more tooth loss of substance.

Is root canal treatment required for ceramic fillings?

Absolutely no, it can be applied to almost any tooth with a normal filling cavity, if there is no problem caused by the tooth, there is no need for root canal treatment.

Is there a chance to change it in the future?

Yes there is.

How are composite (white, lighted) fillings made?

Composite fillings are placed in prepared cavities layer by layer and each layer is cured with a special light. When this process is finished, composite fillings are shaped and corrected according to the tooth. All these processes take longer than amalgam filling. The duration of composite fillings in the mouth is 7-10 years, which is close to the life of amalgam.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of composite fillings?

The biggest advantage of these fillings is that they are aesthetic. In addition, since these fillings are well connected to the teeth, they support dental tissues, preventing fractures and heat transmission. Composites can be used not only to restore decay, but also for cosmetic effects by changing the color and shape of teeth. The colors of composite fillings can change slightly with coloring foods such as excessive coffee and tea.


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