Tooth Colored Fillings

Tooth Colored Fillings

Comparison of Filling Materials for Back Teeth

In the world of modern dentistry, if you need to have a new filling or replace an old one, you have several choices of different materials you can use. So that you can make a more informed decision, we have put together this information sheet for your review. The materials that we use today are much more esthetic (more natural) than some of the older materials. We do not place silver fillings because the new materials bond to the tooth and look so much nicer. We have listed choices in materials in order of strength, longevity and investment. Keep in mind that the stronger materials last longer and while the initial investment is more, they won’t have to be replaced nearly as often (if at all). So in the long run, they actually cost you less. How long any tooth lasts depends upon how good of a job you do with your home care and keeping up with regular professional visits to our office in Ballwin.

LAB-FABRICATED GOLD FILLINGS (BEST)

Advantages Disadvantages
Strongest & most durable restorative material
Longest lasting
Most compatible & least irritating to gum tissues
Wears more like natural tooth structure
Well suited for larger cavities
Resists stains
Takes 2 appointments
Metal can show
Requires temporary filling between appointments

 

LAB-FABRICATED TOOTH COLORED FILLINGS (BETTER)

Advantages Disadvantages
Good appearance
No metal shows
Long lasting
Compatible and least irritating to the gum tissues
Wears like natural tooth structure
Bonds to tooth
Well suited for larger cavities
Resists stains
Takes 2 appointments
Requires temporary filling between appointments
Shorter life span than gold inlays

 

COMPOSITE, DIRECT TOOTH COLORED FILLINGS (GOOD)

Advantages Disadvantages
Good appearance
No metal shows
One appointment
Bonds to tooth
Best used for small fillings and front teeth
Weakest of dental materials available
Wears out quickly
Stains tooth
Shortest life span