Fillings in Wilmington, DE
Traditional fillings, also called dental restoratives, are often made from composite materials, porcelain, or gold. We use these materials because of their sturdiness and long-lasting qualities. Traditional filling material protects restored teeth in the back of the mouth because and endures the wear and tear associated with chewing.
However, these conventional fillings are not always the first choice for repairing front teeth. When our patients have a cavity on a front tooth, they want filling material that is natural looking, blending in well with their teeth. In situations like these, we recommend using filling material made from plastic compounds or ceramic. Referred to as composite resins, these compounds, offer a natural look.
How to Choose Filling Materials
If you need a cavity filled, the following situations should be taken into consideration:
• Type of material components
• Amount of tooth structure remaining
• Location of the filling
• The chew load the tooth will have to endure
• Number of visits needed
• Time required to adjust the tooth to be restored
• Cost of the dental restoration
Before you begin your treatment, we will discuss your options so that you choose the most effective dental filling for your situation.
Dental Filling Procedures
Direct Fillings: During this procedure, we will prep the tooth, set the filling, and make final adjustments all in one appointment. Direct fillings include:
• Glass ionomers
• Resin ionomers
• Composite (resin) fillings
Indirect Fillings: These types of fillings require more time in the dental chair. At a minimum, you will need to schedule at least two appointments. Indirect dental restoratives include the following:
Bridges made with base metal alloys, composites, ceramics, or gold are also members of the indirect filling category.
During the first visit, we will prepare the tooth and make an impression. Next, an impermanent covering is applied over the tooth. This covering protects the tooth while the impression is sent to the laboratory, and the restorative is created. Once this is completed, a second appointment is scheduled and for the restoration to be completed.
To learn more about direct, indirect, and other dental restoratives, call New Concept Dental and schedule a time to speak with Drs. Fay, Matthews, or Bayley about your specific situation.