Traditional Silver Amalgam:
● Strength and Durability: Ideal for withstanding intense chewing forces, especially in the back teeth.● Common Use: Often employed in the back of the mouth where strength is a primary consideration.
Modern Composite Resins:
● Natural Appearance: Mimics the look of natural teeth, making them suitable for visible areas.● Versatility: Adaptable for both front and back teeth, depending on decay location and extent.
Considerations for Choosing:
Filling Material Components: The materials used influence performance, durability, and appearance.
Remaining Tooth Structure: The amount of existing tooth structure impacts the choice of filling.
Placement and Load-Bearing: Location of the filling and the expected chewing load are crucial considerations.
Procedure Complexity: Direct fillings are placed in a single visit, while indirect fillings require multiple visits.
Types of Dental Fillings:
Direct Fillings: Completed in one visit, including options like silver amalgam, glass ionomers, resin ionomers, and composite (resin) fillings.
Indirect Fillings: Involve two or more visits, including inlays, onlays, and veneers made from materials like gold, alloys, ceramics, or composites.
We will guide you through the decision-making process, ensuring the selected filling aligns with your oral health needs and preferences.