Newer dental fillings include ceramic and plastic compounds that mimic the appearance of natural teeth. Composite resins, actually bond to the tooth requiring less tooth structure to be removed. They can be placed on front teeth where cosmetics are very important, but they can also be used on the back teeth depending on the extent of the tooth decay.
Sometimes the extent of the decay is too deep and extends very close to the nerve or pulp of the tooth. In this case, Dr. Shetty may suggest a special nerve treatment called a pulpotomy. Usually a pediatric crown is then placed to protect the remaining tooth structure and allow for stronger chewing forces.
What’s right for me?
Several factors influence the performance, durability, longevity, and expense of recommended dental restorations, including:
- The components used in the filling material
- The amount of tooth structure remaining
- Where and how the filling is placed
- The chewing load that the tooth will have to bear
Before your treatment begins, your doctor will discuss with you all of your options and help you choose the best restoration for your particular case.