Historically dental restoratives, or fillings, were most often made of resin composite or silver amalgam. The strength and durability of this traditional dental material made it useful for situations where restored teeth must withstand extreme forces that result from chewing, often in the back of the mouth. The silver amalgam is used only in specific situations. Due to the mercury content we seldom use this material.
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, we will discuss with you all of your options and help you choose the best filling for your particular case.