Traditional dental restoratives, or fillings, may include silver or composite. The strength and durability of traditional dental materials continue to make them useful for situations where restored teeth must withstand extreme forces that result from chewing, such as 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 teeth where a natural appearance is important.
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
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.