Mint Dental chooses, in every circumstance, composite (white) fillings. The major advantages of using composite filling material are that it bonds to the tooth, requires removal of less tooth structure, and is more esthetically pleasing.
Several factors influence the performance, durability, longevity, and expense of dental restorations, including:
- The components used in the filling material
- The amount of tooth structure remaining
- Where and how the filling is placed
- The chewing load that the tooth will have to bear
- The length and number of visits needed to prepare and adjust the restored tooth
Before your treatment begins, your doctor will discuss with you all of your options and help you choose the best filling for your particular case.
Sometimes a porcelain restoration is preferable to a composite filling. This is based on the amount of tooth that needs to be replaced. A porcelain restoration is fabricated outside of the mouth. During the first visit, the dentist prepares the tooth and makes an impression of the area to be restored. The team member then places a temporary covering over the prepared tooth. The impression is sent to a dental laboratory, which creates the dental restoration. At the next appointment, the dentist cements the restoration into the prepared cavity and adjusts it as needed.