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The decision for what type of dental restoration option will best protect your dental health and deliver a winning smile is usually made by the patient in conjunction with a dentist.
According to the American Dental Association, when considering filling options, dentists take into account the patient's health, the material used in the filling, where and how the dental filling will be placed and how long treatment is expected to take.
Dental restorations may vary in the amount of time they require for treatment. For example, direct restorations - such as dental amalgam, glass and resin ionomers, and resin composite fillings - can usually be completed in a single visit to the dentist.
Meanwhile, indirect restorations - inlays, onlays, veneers, crowns and bridges - demand two or more dental visits. This is because the dentist must make an impression, which is then sent to a laboratory so that the restoration can be created.
Amalgams have been used in dental care for over 150 years and are still a popular filling choice among many dentists.
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