This message from The Dental Design Center in White Plains NY looks at one of the miracles of modern dentistry: the dental restoration.
Let’s pretend you are a biomedical engineer working in the field of dentistry before the introduction of dental restorations. The men and women of your generation who have missing or damaged teeth want to repair or replace them with a man-made substitute. You have been hired to find or create a material that can be used to create fillings, crowns, and dental bridges.
It must be bondable to living tooth structure as well as other materials necessary for specific appliances. It must also be biocompatible with the soft tissues in the mouth, and tooth enamel, dentin, and bone.
It can’t create allergic reactions in the wearers. It must be corrosion-resistant to the chemicals in saliva, foods, and beverages and must resist infection regardless of bacteria in the mouth. To top it all off, it also can’t contain toxic chemicals that could be absorbed into the bloodstream.
Tall order? Well, we know such a thing exists because dental restorations have been around for a long time. Nowadays, there are numerous materials used, alone or in combination, including porcelain, ceramic, and metals such as gold and silver amalgam. Though the metals are extremely strong and malleable, they don’t meet some patient’s aesthetic requirements and are used mainly for back teeth.
At The Dental Design Center in White Plains NY, dental crowns are a versatile restorative dentistry option. People from Scarsdale, Westchester County, and New Castle also come to our office for complete general dentistry. Contact us for an appointment today!
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