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The differences between dental filling and aesthetic dental restoration are not often clear, for most people. Although both the procedures are performed using filling materials, there is an enormous difference between them. Let’s look into what these are.

Dental filling and dental restoration - what is the difference?

    Dental filling: stages and salient features


Dental filling starts from the preliminary examination during which a specialist identifies/reveals areas affected by caries. In case the caries cavity that needs to be filled is very deep, the patient might not need root canal treatment. In such cases, a few visits to the dentist’s office are required. 

Immediately before starting the filling, the specialist administers an anesthetic (if necessary). Then, using a dental drill, the caries is removed from the surface of the dental tissue. 

Rotary instrument nozzles come in a variety of sizes. As a rule, the procedure usually begins with the use of high-speed diamond nozzles to remove caries from the enamel region. When a specialist succeeds in “reaching” all the way down to the dentin, he uses the nozzle at a lower speed, because the dentin is softer than the enamel. 

When the cavity is cleared of carious lesions, the preparation for the installation of a filling material begins. Each filling material requires a specific method of pre-treatment of the tooth. 

For example, if the dentist is increasing the filling, he will first treat the surface of the dental tissues with an acid-based gel. 

In the process of building fillings, on the other hand, a specialised bonding material is used, which provides the most dense connection between the seal and the tooth. 

Modern types of composite filling materials harden under the influence of specialized light from a photopolymer lamp. In such cases, the specialist applies the material layer by layer, making sure to  treat each subsequent layer with the  radiation. The process of filling ends with the processing and polishing of the teeth.

What are some possible reasons for replacing the filling?

  • Erosion/falling out;
  • Dysfunction;
  • Need to restore the complete anatomy;
  • Carious lesions;
  • Leakage;
  • Occurrence of cracks;
  • Changes of colour and shade.

At the end of orthodontic treatment, it may be necessary to replace or correct the filling to maintain the integrity of the bite.

Dental filling and dental restoration - what is the difference?

Teeth restoration: Pros and Cons

While going over the advantages of disadvantages of restoration, we should note that the biggest advantages are aesthetics and being able to avoid prosthetics. Another undoubted advantage of restoration is that it allows us to get an optimal result in just one visit to the dental clinic. In this case, it has to be noted that the seal is also installed in one visit, but it does not differ in terms of the aesthetic outcome. 

As for the disadvantages, the higher cost of restoration, in comparison to fillings, is probably one of the most noteworthy. 

Nevertheless, it also has to be considered that the price is significantly lower than for the installation of veneers or lumineers. It should also be borne in mind that over time the composite filling material loses its shine and needs annual polishing. The recommended lifetime of the restoration is 5 years. 

In conclusion, it should be noted that with direct restoration, there is a danger of the work performed not being sufficiently accurate, especially in places of the oral cavity that are hard to reach. This may lead to dental diseases. Therefore, we strongly recommend using restoration services exclusively from trusted specialists, whose professionalism has been repeatedly proven in practice.

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