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Silver (amalgam)

Advantages: lowest cost, least technique sensitive, insurance usually covers, life-10-25 years

Disadvantages: color, weakens the tooth, sometimes requires extra tooth preparation to allow for strength of material

Direct Composite (white)

Advantages: color, medium cost, bonds and strengthens tooth

Disadvantages: technique sensitive, shrinkage on setting makes unsuitable for large restorations, life- 5-15 years, wears at faster rate than other materials, not likely to be paid for by insurance, not recommended if area goes below gum

Indirect Lab fabricated Composite (white)

Advantages: color, bonds and strengthens tooth, indirect fabrication allows for larger restorations

Disadvantages: technique sensitive, higher cost, two visits required, life- 10-20 years, not likely to be paid for by insurance, not recommended if area goes below gum

Gold Inlay or Onlay

Advantages: life 20-40 years, good wear characteristics, less technique sensitive

Disadvantages: higher cost, two visits required, not likely to be paid for by insurance, color

COST COMPARISON
1 surface2surface3surface4surface
Silver46668090
D Composite5878130
I Composite390420500520
Gold390420460480

Those underlined are usually not good indications for that type of restoration.

We sincerely hope this menu will help you make your decision about the type of restoration that you would prefer in your mouth. As always, if you have further questions please ask either doctor for more information.

Dr. Robert H. Doty & Dr. Gregory A. Janikian


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