If you have a cavity, we suggest a dental restorative to protect the tooth from further decay. Dental restoratives, also known as fillings, are manufactured from many different types of materials such as composite materials, porcelain materials, and even gold. Traditional materials such as porcelain are preferred by many dentists because they are reliable, providing strength and durability. They protect restored teeth and are more than capable of enduring the wear and tear that comes from chewing and ideal for teeth in the back of the mouth.
Dentists use composite, gold, and porcelain materials for back teeth. However, composite resins such as ceramic and plastic compounds are the preferred material among the dentists at Progressive Dental Arts in Newark, DE, for fixing the front teeth. Our patients want to make sure their front teeth look natural, and composite resins are best at mimicking natural teeth. In some cases, composite resins can be used on back teeth depending on the extent of tooth deterioration and the location of the affected tooth.
Materials Used for Fillings
When choosing filling materials, we take into consideration several factors. These factors, ultimately, will have a direct effect on the strength, performance, permanency, and overall cost of the dental restorations. We always consider the following when recommending filling material:
• Type of material the restoratives are manufactured from
• Amount of remaining tooth structure
• Area and method of how the filling is placed
• Chew load of the tooth
• Length and number of visits necessary to get the tooth ready for the restoratives
• Length of time for the tooth to adjust after the restoration
Prior to starting your treatment, we will consult with you about all of our restorative options. Discussing options with us will help you choose the most reliable dental restorative material for your individual situation. Here is some basic information about the two types of dental fillings — direct and indirect.
Direct Fillings: These are the kinds of fillings most people associate with cavity repair. Direct fillings are positioned straight onto the prepared cavity, requiring a single visit and include resin ionomers, glass ionomers, and resin (composite) fillings:
Indirect Fillings: These fillings are more complex in nature, requiring at least two visits. Indirect dental restoratives are inlays, crowns, onlays, and veneers.
One of the most common types of an indirect filling is a bridge. Bridges are manufactured using base gold, ceramics, metal alloys, and other composite material.
During the first visit for an indirect restorative procedure, we will prepare the tooth and make an impression of the area to be restored. Subsequently, your dentist will position a temporary covering over the tooth. Next, the tooth impression will be sent to a dental laboratory for the restoration to be completed. It is during the last appointment when we will adhere the restoration to the prepped tooth, making any necessary adjustments.
For more information about the kinds of dental restoratives used at Progressive Dental Arts, give us a call. We’re always happy to provide you with any information you need, so you feel in control of your oral health care decisions.