Tooth decay is a common problem that many people share. Advances in dental materials and techniques have allowed dentists to be able to restore teeth with more natural-looking restorations. There are several types of tooth-colored materials, including composite and porcelain, that can be used to repair damaged or decayed teeth. These restorations are esthetically pleasing and strong thanks to new bonding technologies. There are multiple factors that affect the performance, durability, longevity, and expense of dental fillings. These factors include:
the materials in the filling
size of the filling
where and how the filling is placed
patient’s level of oral health
patient’s overall health
chewing force placed on the tooth
The ultimate decision about what material to use is best determined by the patient in consultation with the dentist. Before your treatment begins, discuss the options. In some cases, extensive tooth decay around an existing filling may leave little tooth structure once decay is removed. In that case, a crown may be recommended to completely cover and protect the remaining tooth.
Upon completion of your restorations, your teeth are restored to a natural look and feel!