Fillings, or traditional dental restoratives, can be made of composite, porcelain, or gold. Conventional dental materials are still helpful in cases when restored teeth need to withstand severe forces from chewing, like the back of the mouth, because of their strength and longevity.

Modern dental fillings are made of plastic and ceramic materials that resemble real teeth. Depending on the location and severity of the tooth decay, these materials—often referred to as composite resins—are typically utilized on the rear teeth as well as the front teeth, where maintaining a natural appearance is crucial.

The performance, durability, longevity, and cost of dental restorations are affected by a number of factors, including:

  • The ingredients that go into making filler
  • The quantity of dental structure still present
  • Where to put the filler and how
  • The amount of chewing pressure that the tooth must withstand
  • The duration and quantity of appointments required to prepare and modify the repaired tooth

Your doctor will go over all of your options with you before your child starts treatment and will assist you in selecting the best filling for your child's specific situation. Knowing the difference between direct and indirect dental fillings could be useful.

Direct fillings are made in a single visit and are placed right away into a cavity that has been prepared. These are composed of composite (resin) fillings, glass ionomers, and resin ionomers. In a single visit, the dentist performs tooth preparation, filling placement, and adjustment.

Usually, indirect fillings need two or more visits. These consist of veneers, crowns, inlays, onlays, and bridges made of composites, base metal alloys, ceramics, or gold. The dentist produces an impression of the area that needs to be fixed and prepares the tooth during the initial appointment. The prepared tooth is then covered temporarily by the dentist. A dental laboratory receives the imprint and uses it to make the dental restoration. The restoration is cemented into the prepared cavity at the following session, and the dentist makes any necessary adjustments.

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