Most fillings we do are called composite resin. They are often used on the front teeth where a natural appearance is important, but they are also commonly used on the back teeth, depending on the location and extent of the tooth decay.
Traditional dental restorations, or fillings, are most often made of silver amalgam. The strength and durability of this traditional dental material makes it useful for situations where restored teeth must withstand extreme forces that result from chewing, often in the back of the mouth.
What’s right for me?
Several factors influence the performance, durability, longevity, and expense of dental restorations, including:
- The components used in the filling material
- The amount of remaining tooth structure
- Where and how the filling is placed
- The chewing load that the tooth will have to bear