Fillings

Traditional dental fillings are most often made of silver amalgam, a strong and durable material. Newer dental fillings, including ceramic and plastic compounds that simulate the appearance of natural teeth, are more aesthetically pleasing and are commonly used on the front teeth where a natural appearance is important.

What’s right for me?

Several factors influence the performance, durability, longevity, and expense of dental restorations, including the filling material, remaining tooth structure, where and how the filling is placed, chewing load, and the number of visits needed to prepare and restore the tooth.
Before your treatment begins, Dr. Kasper or Dr. Sparkes will discuss with you and help you choose the best filling option for your particular case.

Direct fillings:

These fillings placed into a prepared cavity in a single visit. They include silver amalgam, glass ionomers, resin ionomers, and composite (resin) fillings. The dentist prepares the tooth, places the filling and adjusts it in one appointment.

Indirect fillings:

When a tooth has too much damage to support a filling, but not enough to necessitate a crown, an indirect filling is used. They include inlays, onlays, and veneers fabricated with gold, base metal alloys, ceramics, or composites and are completed in two or more visits. During the first visit, Dr. Kasper or Dr. Sparkes prepares the tooth, makes an impression of the area, and then places a temporary covering over the tooth. At the next appointment, she cements the personalized dental restoration into the prepared cavity and adjusts it as needed.

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