Current dental filling options include ceramic and plastic compounds that mimic the appearance of natural teeth. These compounds, often called composite resins, create a natural appearance. The resin is placed to add strength and shape where breakdown has occurred and tooth structure has been lost.
Several factors influence the performance, durability, longevity, and expense of 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