Newer dental fillings include ceramic and plastic compounds that mimic the appearance of natural teeth. These compounds, often called composite resins, are usually used for 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 remaining tooth structure
- Where and how the filling is placed
- The chewing load the tooth will have to bear
- The length and number of visits needed to prepare and adjust the restored tooth
With so many choices, how do you know what’s right for you?
The ultimate decision about what to use is best determined by the patient in consultation with the dentist. Before your treatment begins, discuss the options with Dr. Mitchell. To help you prepare for this discussion, it is helpful to understand the two basic types of dental restorations: direct and indirect.
Direct restorations are placed immediately into a prepared cavity during a single visit. The dentist prepares the tooth, places the filling, and adjusts it during one appointment.
Indirect restorations are crowns and bridges which require a second appointment. Dr. Mitchell will be glad to discuss the best option for your condition.