A dental filling is a type of restorative dentistry treatment used to repair tooth fractures, tooth decay or otherwise damaged surfaces of the teeth. Dental filling materials, which include composite, porcelain and silver amalgam, may be used to fill, repair and even out tooth surfaces for better biting or chewing. The strength and durability of dental materials is important for situations where restored teeth must bear heavy forces that result from chewing, often in the back of the mouth.
Types of Filling Materials
- Silver Amalgam– These fillings are made from a mixture of metals including mercury, tin, zinc, copper and silver, and thus doesn’t match the color of your teeth. O for fillings in the back teeth, these fillings are very strong and usually last at least ten years or more.
- Composite- Is a resin white filling that is made from a mixture of plastic and fine glass particles that matches the color of the tooth and is used most often on front teeth. They bond directly to the teeth and thus reduce the need for excessive drilling of the tooth allowing for a more conservative restoration.
- Ceramic- These fillings are made of porcelain and are tooth colored, so they look natural. They are fabricated in a lab will deliver the best esthetic restoration of the tooth.
How do I chose what’s right restoration for me?
Several factors influence the performance, durability, longevity and expense of our fillings.
- The components used in the filling material
- The amount of tooth structure left after decay is excavated
- Where, when and how the filling is placed
- The chewing load that the tooth will have to tolerate
- The length and number of visits needed to prepare and adjust the tooth
Before your fillings treatment begins, Dr. G will discuss with you all of your options and help you choose the best filling for your particular case.
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