Traditional dental restoratives, or fillings, may include gold, porcelain, and 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 the front teeth where a natural appearance is important, as well as on the back teeth, depending on the location and extent of the tooth decay.
What’s right for your child?
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
Before your child’s treatment begins, Dr. Fung will discuss all options and help you choose the best filling for your son or daughter’s particular case.
- Direct fillings are placed immediately into a prepared cavity during a single visit. They include glass ionomers, resin ionomers, and composite (resin) fillings. Dr. Fung prepares the tooth, places the filling, and adjusts it in just one appointment.