A Word About Dental Materials

There are several dental materials in use today, and new and improved ones are always being developed. During historical times dentures used to consist of animal teeth and the teeth of deceased people. Today you can have dentures made with porcelain teeth that look and function just like real teeth. That’s because dentistry continues to evolve both in methods and materials. Some materials available today include composite resin, glass ionomer cement, and resin-ionomer cement. Read on for a word about these dental materials.

Composite Resin

Composite resin is a mixture of powdered glass and plastic resin. It is the material used for white or tooth colored fillings. It can also be used for dental veneers, inlays, crowns, and for dental bonding.

Advantages: Strong, durable, and tooth colored.

Disadvantages: Requires more than one visit for inlays, veneers, and crowns; may wear faster than enamel.

Glass-Ionomer Cement

A self-hardening mixture of glass and organic acid, glass-ionomer is tooth-colored and translucent. It can be used for fusing porcelain to metal, small fillings, liners, and temporary restorations.

Advantages: Good esthetics, releases fluoride, requires the removal of only a minimal amount of tooth structure, can be completed in one visit.

Disadvantages: limited use, not recommended for biting surfaces, does not wear well.

Resin-Ionomer Cement

A mixture of resin polymer, glass, and organic acid, resin-ionomer is hardened with blue-light exposure. It can be used for small fillings, and bonding metal and porcelain metal crowns and liners, is tooth-colored, and provides more translucency than glass-ionomer cement.

About Your Lake Forest Dentist:

Aside from providing dependable family, general, and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from Chicago and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.

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