When the visible part of the tooth, called the crown, is badly damaged or otherwise defective, it can be repaired by crowning.
Materials used in fillings include plastic, ceramic, amalgam and gold.
The selection of filling material should be based on the position and feel of the filling in the mouth, as well as the material’s resistance to occlusion, price and processing time. We recommend discussing the different alternatives with your dentist.
For aesthetic reasons, fillings used in front teeth are made from a material that is the colour of the tooth (ceramic or composite plastic). Plastic might not provide enough support for the occlusion if the cavity is extensive or in a molar. The best materials for filling large molar cavities are ceramic fillings in tooth colour or gold, both of which have good occlusion resistance. Small molar fillings can also be made from composite plastic.
The most aesthetic option is a ceramic filling. It can either be made at a laboratory or at the dentist’s appointment. The end result looks and feels like a real tooth.