Direct fillings are done directly in your mouth in a single visit. The fillings “fill” in and restore the damaged or lost part of the tooth structure.
direct fillings Types
- Amalgam – traditional silver fillings that contain mercury and need a cavity to be shaped to create a mechanical lock.
- Composites – adhesive fillings made of resin with fine quartz particles, which come in a variety of shades, colours and tints to look like natural teeth. They can be used for front and back teeth fillings.
- Glass Ionomers are a tooth coloured material used where there is decay on back teeth. They release fluoride and thus prevent further decay in the area placed. Hence they are used as lining for deep fillings or for children’s teeth.
- Compomers are a hybrid of glass ionomers and composite restorations. They are often placed on the back teeth, especially in areas of tooth abrasion and abfraction.
The most common restorations tend to be tooth-coloured. Composite filings are made up of resins and particulate fillers and have superior strength and aesthetics.
The choice of which filling type is appropriate is made according to information provided on x-rays and the amount of remaining sound tooth tissue.
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