There are several types of dental fillings on the market. Composite fillings are recommended most often-mainly for cosmetic reasons. Composites continue to improve in strength as materials improve. Silver amalgam fillings are still fairly common because they have been proven effective in the long-term, however, our office does not place them any longer.
What’s Right for Me?
There are many things to consider in a dental restoration: durability, performance, longevity and expense. Dr. Mudrow will review with you:
- The amount of tooth structure remaining
- Where the filling is to be placed
- The length and number of visits needed to prepare and adjust the restored tooth
- The filling material to be used (There are two types of fillings; Direct and Indirect)
- Direct fillings are fillings placed immediately into a prepared cavity in a single visit. They include dental amalgam, glass ionomers, and composite (resin) fillings. These are adjusted and applied in one appointment.
- Indirect fillings such as inlays, onlays, veneers, crowns, and bridges fabricated with gold, base metal alloys, or ceramics generally require two or more visits. During the first visit, Dr. Mudrow will prepare the tooth and make an impression of the area to be restored. Dr. Mudrow will place a temporary covering over the prepared tooth and send the impression to the lab to fabricate the prescribed restoration for your tooth. On the next visit, Dr. Mudrow will try in the new restoration and once determined everything is absolutely perfect, he will cement the final restoration in place.
When determining what is best for you, it is best to consult with Dr. Mudrow. He can take your chief concerns into consideration and create a treatment plan that is in alignment with your goals.