Thanks to advances in modern dental materials and techniques, dentists have more ways to create pleasing, natural-looking
smiles. Materials, such as ceramics and polymer compounds that look more like natural teeth. As a result, dentists and patients today have several choices when it comes to selecting materials to repair missing, worn, damaged or decayed teeth.
These new materials have not eliminated the usefulness of more traditional dental materials, such as gold, base metal
alloys and dental amalgam. That’s because the strength and durability of traditional dental materials continue to make them
useful for situations, such as fillings in the back teeth where chewing forces are greatest.
Restoring Your Smile: Dental Filling Choices
What’s Right for Me? Types of Dental Restorations, Amalgam Fillings, Composite Fillings, Ionomers, Indirect Restorative Dental Materials (Two or more visits) All-Porcelain (Ceramic) Dental Materials Porcelain-fused-to-Metal,Gold ,Alloys, Base Metal Alloys Indirect Composites What’s Right for Me?
Several factors influence the performance, durability, longevity and cost of dental restorations.
These factors include:
the patient’s oral and general health, the components used in the filling material; where and how the filling is placed;
the chewing load that the tooth will have to bear; and the length and number of visits needed to prepare and adjust the