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Tooth colored fillings

In the past, teeth were filled with a mixture, or amalgam, of different metals. Amalgams do not bond with the tooth; they merely rest on it and provide a degree of protection, sort of like a shield. Today, since so much more is known about the interface between dentin and enamel and the bond created between them, science has discovered many new ways of bonding fillings to teeth to create stronger, more protected, and more comfortable fillings. Before, dentistry focused on creating “stronger” teeth by using very durable, rigid materials to replace decayed or damaged teeth. These rigid materials actually contributed to further decay by allowing additional decay and cracking to occur. Now, with the inception of  immediate dentin sealing, a resin coating is applied to seal and protect the dentin surface from bacteria and sensitivity. This creates a hybrid layer to which composite resin can be bonded for shaping into a tooth                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  For more information, visit: http://www.aacd.com/index.php?module=cms&page=579