There are two types of filling, direct and indirect restorations. Direct restorations occur in a single visit and are placed directly into a prepared cavity by the dentist. The material used is usually an acrylic resin and it is set using a polymerization halogen light. Indirect fillings occur over multiple visits and involve the creation of inlays and onlays, crowns or veneers that the dentist fits over your tooth.
Materials Used for our Fillings:
Composite Fillings: the most widely used because of their natural appearance and they can be matched to the shade of your teeth. They are made from plastic resin and filler and are bonded to teeth. They are not as strong as amalgam and do not last as long.
Glass Ionomer Fillings: a fluoride releasing material which is not as strong as composite fillings, these are placed along the gum aspect of the tooth surface, restore children’s molars and also cement dental crowns. They are made from polyacrylic acid and resin.