Dental Fillings and Restoration

DENTAL FILLINGS FOR CAVITIES & TOOTH RESTORATIONS

Fillings are the most common type of dental restoration treatment and are typically associated with repairing minor damage to teeth such as cavities. Other types of restorations address more significant damage. These include crowns and root canals.

Materials used for fillings vary depending on the type of damage being repaired, which tooth and your budget. Dr. Harris will discuss your options and recommend an approach that suits your needs.

Below is a brief description of the common types of materials and their uses.

Materials

Composites
Glass Ionomers
Resin Ionomers
Composites

Description

A mixture of submicron glass filler and acrylic that forms a solid tooth-colored restoration. Self- or light-hardening at mouth temperature.

Use

Esthetic dental fillings and veneers.

Glass Ionomers

Description

Self-hardening mixture of fluoride containing glass powder and organic acid that forms a solid tooth-colored restoration able to release fluoride.

Use

Small non-load bearing fillings, cavity liners and cements for crowns and bridges.

Resin Ionomers

Description

Self or light- hardening mixture of sub-micron glass filler with fluoride containing glass powder and acrylic resin that forms a solid tooth colored restoration able to release fluoride.

Use

Small non-load bearing fillings, cavity liners and cements for crowns and bridges.

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