Composite Tooth-Colored Fillings
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, but they can also be used on the back teeth depending on the location and extent of the tooth decay.
What’s right for me?
Several factors influence the performance, durability, longevity and expense of dental restorations, including:
- The components used in the filling material
- The amount of tooth structure remaining
- Where and how the filling is placed
- The chewing load that the tooth will have to bear
- The length and number of visits needed to prepare and adjust the restored tooth.
Before your treatment begins, Dr. Zin will discuss with you most benefitial treatment options and help you choose the appropriate filling for your particular case.
Fillings are placed into a prepared cavity in a single visit. They include glass ionomers, resin ionomers, composite (resin) fillings and amalgam. The dentist prepares the tooth, places the filling, and adjusts it in one appointment.