San Jose Natural Dental Restorations & Fillings

Direct Fillings and Indirect Fillings

Dental restoratives, or fillings, are typically made of silver amalgam. The strength and durability of this dental material makes it useful in situations in which restored teeth must withstand forces from chewing in the back of the mouth. Over time, amalgams can cause fractures due to the differences in physical properties with thermo-expansion.

Contact us today to learn more about our San Jose natural dental restorations and fillings, or to schedule an appointment.

Newer dental fillings are ceramic and resin compounds that mimic the appearance of natural teeth. These compounds, often called composite resins, are used on the front teeth. They can also be used on the back teeth depending on the location and the extent of the tooth decay. Ivolcar’s Tetric Evo Ceram mimics the properties of natural tooth structure with the added benefit of bonding teeth together for an additional layer of protection. Before treatment begins, your doctor will discuss all of your options and help you choose the best restorative material for your situation.

To prepare for this discussion, it is helpful to be familiar with the two types of San Jose dental fillings:

  • Direct fillings - These fillings are placed into a prepared cavity in a single visit. This includes silver amalgam, glass ionomers, resin ionomers, and composite resin fillings. We will prepare the tooth, place the filling, and adjust it in one appointment.
  • Indirect fillings - Indirect fillings, on the other hand, require two or more visits. This includes inlays, onlays, and veneers fabricated with gold, base metal alloys, ceramics, or composites. These fillings are used when a tooth has too much damage to support a filling and not enough to necessitate a crown. During the first visit, the dentist prepares the tooth and makes an impression of the area to be restored. The dentist places a temporary covering over the prepared tooth. We then send the impression to a dental laboratory, which creates the dental restoration. At the next appointment, the dentist cements the restoration into the cavity and adjusts it as needed.

If you believe that San Jose dental fillings and restorations are right for you and would like to learn more, call Compass Dental Arts at (408) 317-7400 or contact us online.


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