They can be made from one of several materials, although ceramic is most common, and are created in a lab from molds of your mouth and teeth.
These restorations are meant to be permanent, and as such need to be held securely in place. In order to do so, your dentist will use dental cement.
What is Dental Cement?Dental cement is an adhesive that glues the restoration to your natural tooth, providing a strong, secure attachment. Some cements work simply by the force of compression between the restoration and the tooth, while others create a chemical bond, which provides additional strength.
Types of Dental CementThere are a few different types of dental cement:
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Each type of resin offers its own benefits, and your dentist will consider your mouth and your particular restoration in deciding which one is best. No matter which one is chosen, dental cement is meant to provide a permanent seal that holds the restoration in place. However, there are often concerns over the materials used to make these cements.
Are There Dangers?
All dental cements contain some materials that could pose a health risk. Some cements have an odor, while others have a distinct taste, but this does not necessarily mean that they are harmful.
The actual risks of dental cement are very minimal, and scientific research has shown that there are no significant health risks posed. Your dentist chooses a cement for you because it will provide the best results, and because the benefits outweigh any potential side-effects.
Dental cement provides a restoration with a strong, permanent bond. If you have any concerns about the materials used in the cement chosen for your restoration, be sure to contact our office to learn if there are any alternatives available.