All About Fillings
Traditional tooth fillings are created from gold, porcelain, or composite material. They contain high strength and durability, allowing them to withstand the forces of chewing.
The performance, longevity, and durability of fillings are affected by:
- Components in the filling material
- Amount of remaining tooth structure
- Location of the placement of the filling
- Chewing load of the tooth
Direct fillings are placed into a prepared cavity in a single visit. They include glass ionomers, resin ionomers, and composite fillings. The tooth will be prepared, filling placed, and adjusted in a single appointment. Indirect fillings require multiple visits. The first visit involve preparing the tooth and making an impression of the area to be restored. A temporary covering will be prepared over the treated tooth. A dental laboratory receives the impression and creates the dental restoration. The restoration will be cemented into place in the following appointment.