EQUIA Forte Filling Material
There’s a procedure in the world of dental restoration that’s been proven to be an incredible alternative to long-term routine fillings typically used in dental restorations. EQUIA glass fillings have been used for several years in patients who have a high rate of decay. They’re a great long term option when compared to traditional composite and amalgam (silver) fillings, when used on surfaces that don’t take as much bite force, such as anterior teeth.
What are the benefits of EQUIA glass fillings?
Equia glass fillings are often used on patients that have a high rate of decay or are at a high risk of cavities. Glass fillings are used in areas where a high amount of wear is not expected. You don’t typically use EQUIA on the biting surface of a molar.
Instead, this material is used near the gum line and subgingival areas.
Another benefit of these fillings is that they bond extremely well to dentin, which means they can be placed in more moist areas where drying out saliva and blood is a little more difficult.
What are the disadvantages of EQUIA?
EQUIA is not as strong a material as composite fillings. As a result, it is best used on your anterior teeth, which don’t take as much bite force. EQUIA is not a long-term solution for your molars and premolars.
How do EQUIA glass fillings work?
These fillings work by filling current decay and preventing future decay. This is because over time EQUIA releases a small amount of fluoride that helps to protect and strengthen the tooth it’s been applied to.
EQUIA can be colored to match your tooth’s natural color, so when you think of glass, you might think clear, but these fillings will blend right in with your mouth.
Who is a good candidate for an EQUIA filling?
Your dentist will determine what the best filling material is, however, many dentists prefer to use EQUIA on elderly patients and patients who are prone to decay.
Doctors also use EQUIA to fill baby teeth. Keeping baby teeth healthy is an important part of ensuring your child’s overall mouth structure is kept in shape for their adult teeth that will come in.
What is the procedure for getting an EQUIA filling?
The first step in getting a EQUIA filling is to have the decayed or weakened portion of the tooth removed. The dentist does this so that he is not locking in any bacteria that could cause further decay after the filling is placed.
Once the decay is removed and the tooth is prepped, the doctor will fill with EQUIA. This procedure is often faster than what you would find with typical amalgam or composite fillings, as the process of bonding is much quicker.
If you’re a patient whose teeth are prone to cavities and decay, get in touch with our team. Dr. Laurie has extensive experience working with EQUIA and can help determine what the best form of treatment is for your teeth. Additionally, you can rest confident that when you come to Summit Dental for treatment you’ll be comfortable and at ease.