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FILLINGS – treatment options

FILLINGS – MATERIALS USED FOR TOOTH RESTORATIONS

This information is provided to help you make better decisions about the use of materials and tooth restorations in your mouth. Many types of metals are used in dentistry for the replacement and rehabilitation of oral structures. Most of these metals are considered to be inert when placed in the body while others have been criticised as potential toxins or allergens to some people. Plastic and ceramic are used commonly as tooth restoratives and have not had adverse biologic responses.

WHICH TYPE OF TOOTH RESTORATION IS BEST FOR YOU?

Your dentist will give you advice and advantages and disadvantages of each type to allow you to make an informed decision. The best type for you will depend on how big the restoration is, whether it is in a visible part of the mouth and cost.

RESTORATION OF PARTS OF SINGLE TEETH – FILLINGS

Silver amalgam (an alloy that contains silver, tin, copper, zinc, and about 50% mercury) has been used for approximately 160 years for the restoration of teeth. It has been highly successful but is an unsightly material. Use of mercury in the body has been criticized since its inception, but amalgam use is still supported strongly by the American Dental Association and other groups worldwide. A small percentage of people in the overall population may be allergic to the elements in silver amalgam. You do have several options:

YOUR CHOICES FOR FILLINGS

Composite resin fillingsA. Resin Composite (Plastic)

Average longevity 10-15 years; tooth-colored; moderate cost; best-used in small-to-medium-size restorations for any teeth; direct one-day placement. teeth fillings resin composite from an Essendon dentist.

B. Ceramic Indirect

Average longevity 10-15 years; tooth-colored; moderate-high initial cost; best in moderate-sized restoration for any teeth; two-appointment placement.

Gold fillingsC. Gold Inlays And Onlays

Average longevity 20 years to life; gold colour; moderate-to-high initial cost; may be used in any size restoration in any location where metal is not displayed. Teeth Fillings Gold inlays and onlys. Getting a solution for your perfect smile from a melbourne dentist.

D. Silver AmalgamSilver filling

Average longevity is 15 years, silver colour; low initial cost; best in small-to-medium-sized restorations of posterior teeth. Teeth Fillings Silver amalgam perfromed by a Melbourne Dentist.

E. Glass Ionomer

Average longevity 10 years. Tooth-colored, fluoride containing plastic type filling. Not very strong, so wears down quickly. Good for fillings in kids teeth, or as a temporary filling, or in a patient with a lot of decay.

Restoration using a crown.

Teeth may also be capped with a crown to restore a covering to the tooth. Visit our Dental Crowns page for further information.