Traditional dental restoratives, or fillings, include gold, porcelain, and composite. The strength and durability of traditional dental materials make them useful for situations where restored teeth must withstand extreme forces that result from chewing, such as in the back of the mouth.

Newer dental fillings include ceramic and compounds that mimic the appearance of natural teeth. These compounds, often called composite resins, are usually used on the front teeth where a natural appearance is important, but they can also be used on the back teeth depending on the location and extent of the tooth decay.

If you need a filling or maintenance on a filling that you already have, we’d be happy to help. Schedule an appointment today, and feel free to continue reading to learn more about our dental filling services.

What’s recommended for me?

Several factors influence the performance, durability, longevity, and expense of dental restorations, including:

  • The filling component: Fillings can be created from gold, porcelain, and composite material — each of which has its own benefits and costs. We’ll inform you of your options and the best material for your filling.
  • The tooth structure: We have specialized dental equipment that can analyze your tooth structure, ensuring that fillings are implemented as they should be.
  • Filling placement: Fillings need to be placed and molded appropriately in order to enable the teeth on the opposite side of the mouth (top/bottom) to chew without obstruction.
  • Chewing load: Certain teeth, like your molars, take on more of a chewing load. We’ll adjust your dental restoration in order to properly cater to the chewing power of your teeth.
  • Future visits: Depending on your specific filling, you may need to come back for future visits. We’ll let you know about the length and number of visits necessary to prepare and adjust any restored teeth.

Types of Dental Fillings

Before your treatment begins, Dr. Pedersen and Dr. Patel will discuss with you all of your options and help you choose the best filling for your particular case. In preparation for this discussion it may be helpful to understand the two basic types of dental fillings: direct and indirect.

  • Direct fillings are fillings placed immediately into a prepared cavity in a single visit. They include glass ionomers and composite (resin) fillings. The dentist prepares the tooth, places the filling, and adjusts it in one appointment.
  • Indirect fillings generally require two or more visits. They include inlays, onlays, veneers, crowns, and bridges fabricated with gold, base metal alloys, ceramics, or composites. During the first visit, the dentist prepares the tooth and makes an impression of the area to be restored. The dentist 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.

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Implementing fillings are just one of the many dental services our dental office provides. If you need a filling, or any other general dentistry need, contact us today — we have three convenient locations in Lenexa, Overland Park, and Peculiar!