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Fillings & Scaling and Polishing

Fillings restore the function and structure of decayed or damaged teeth using materials like resin or amalgam.

Scaling and polishing remove plaque, tartar deposits, and stains around the teeth and along the gum line to maintain good oral health.

Teeth Scaling and Polishing

Teeth scaling and polishing is a vital component of oral hygiene and preventive dental care. It serves several important purposes:

  • Dental plaque and tartar bacteria removal.
  • Preventing gum disease and preserving tooth health.
  • Preventing tooth decay due to poor oral hygiene.
  • Freshening bad breath (Halitosis).
  • Removing external stains and improving the appearance of teeth.
  • Early detection of dental issues during scaling procedures.
  • Maintaining long-term oral health.
polishing dental scaling around sore gums
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What is the difference between PTX Oral Spa and regular dental scaling?

  1. Technology: Ultrasonic scaler operates using electrical energy that generates high-frequency and gentle vibrations to remove calculus and stains from teeth.
  2. Efficiency: The rapid vibrations break down and remove bacterial deposits from the tooth surface more effectively and gently within a shorter period of time compared to regular dental scaling.
  3. Lesser Physical Force and Pain: The use of an PTX Oral Spa machine requires lesser force compared to remove deposits from teeth compared to regular dental scaling as the vibrations from our dental scaler tip is higher in frequency, hence it doesn’t harm the tooth surface and is less painful and more comfortable for patients.
  4. Reduced Noise: PTX Oral Spa produces a machine that generates lesser noise compared to regular dental scalers and hence improves the experience of our patients.
  5. Removal of Stains: Patients who have coffee, tea or tobacco stains will certainly benefit from the air polishing provided by our PTX Oral Spa machine which removes stains predictably from teeth using the air polishing device as compared to our regular scaling and polishing.

Which is better?

PTX Oral Spa works exceptionally well for:

  • Dental phobic patients who prefer lesser pain and noise during procedure.
  • Dental stains – tobacco, coffee, tea.

We would recommend PTX Oral Spa scaling for all our patients for a comfortable dental scaling experience.

Dental Fillings

Biomimetic fillings and traditional dental fillings are both used to repair damaged or decayed teeth, but they differ in their approach, materials, and techniques.

Biomimetic Fillings

Biomimetic dentistry aims to mimic the natural structure and function of teeth as closely as possible. It seeks to conserve as much of the natural tooth structure as possible while restoring it to its original form and function.

  • Materials: Biomimetic fillings often use composite resin materials that closely resemble the natural colour and translucency of teeth. They are designed to bond securely to the tooth structure with maximum bonding capacity. In Biomimetic fillings, we use the best available adhesion system, Optibond FL. Also, we ensure good bonding of our filling materials with teeth by using rubber dams to ensure good isolation from fluids like water and saliva that may compromise bond strength.
  • Minimally Invasive Approach: Biomimetic techniques focus on removing only the damaged or decayed portions of the tooth, preserving as much healthy tooth structure as possible. This is achieved through precise preparation and adhesive techniques.
  • Layered Technique: Biomimetic fillings are often placed in layers, allowing each layer to bond securely to the previous one. This creates a strong and stable restoration that is less likely to fail or require replacement.
  • Marginal Integrity: Biomimetic restorations are designed to have excellent marginal integrity, meaning they fit tightly against the tooth structure with minimal gaps or spaces. This helps prevent bacterial infiltration.
  • Reduced Risk of Fracture: Biomimetic techniques and materials can help distribute stress more evenly across the tooth, reducing the risk of fractures or cracks.
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fillings near root surfaces

Traditional Dental Fillings

  • Materials: Traditional fillings can be made of various materials, including amalgam or composite resin. Amalgam fillings are silver and have been used for many years, while composite fillings are tooth-coloured and blend in with natural teeth.
  • Preparation: With traditional fillings, more extensive tooth preparation is often required, which means removing a larger portion of the tooth to create a stable base for the filling material.
  • Strength and Durability: While both types of fillings are durable, biomimetic fillings can potentially distribute stress more effectively, reducing the risk of restoration failure.

Which is better?

Biomimetic fillings are often favoured for their minimally invasive approach, natural tooth-like characteristics and stress distributing capacity.

The choice between biomimetic and traditional fillings depends on various factors, including the specific needs of the patient, the location and extent of the tooth damage, and the dentist’s expertise in biomimetic techniques – as the procedure is technique sensitive.

Our dentists are well-informed on the procedure, and we do provide Biomimetic fillings at our Hello Dental.