Know All About Dental Fillings with Sylvan Smiles
Traditional dental restoratives or fillings are most often made of silver amalgam. The strength and durability of this traditional dental material makes it useful for situations where restored teeth must withstand extreme forces that result from chewing, often in the back of the mouth.
Newer dental fillings include ceramic and plastic compounds that mimic the appearance of natural teeth. These compounds, often called composite resins, are usually used on the front teeth where a natural appearance is important. However, they can also be used on the back teeth depending on the location and extent of the tooth decay.
Which Type of Tooth Fillings Is Right for Me?
Several factors influence the performance, durability, longevity, and expense of dental restorations, including:
Before your treatment begins, your doctor will discuss with you all of your options and help you choose the best filling for your particular case. In preparation for this discussion, it may be helpful to understand the two basic types of dental fillings - direct and indirect.
Direct fillings are fillings placed into a prepared cavity in a single visit. They include amalgam, resin ionomers, and composite (resin) fillings. The dentist prepares the tooth, places the filling, and adjusts it during a single appointment.