Dental restoration which is also sometimes referred as the dental filling is a process which is used for the purpose of restoring the lost structure of the tooth by application of a restorative material which has the ability to reinstate the functionality of the tooth. There are different types of dental restorations, which also include those of dental implants and crowning along with the fillings. The materials being used for the purpose of restoration can either be metallic or non metallic. The application of the material can vary depending upon the requirement and the needs of the tooth. Here we would be discussing about the nonmetallic restorations. The nonmetallic restorations can further use different types of materials and can either be temporary or permanent. The permanent types include those of the filled and unfilled resins, glass ionomer cement and fissure sealants.For the purpose of Non-metallic restorations, normally the bonding is created by means of engraving and impression, which makes these a relatively newer technology. The materials that are being used for the purpose of non metallic restorations are not only as flexible and soft as that of the tooth, but also bring the advantage of better bending with the tooth and hence minimize the pressure on the root of the canal that would have been far greater if a metal post had been inserted into the canal.

The feature of bending and flexibility has brought an increase in the popularity this type of dental restoration. However, few of the people also go against this reason, and consider it a fake by claiming that these restorations do not fit well into the cross-sectional area of the tooth, and are not as strong as those of the metallic fillings. However, the choice of the fillings largely depends upon the state of the tooth, and the dentists applies gives you a detail overview of the pros and cons of both types of fillings before application.

One of the most popular fillings being used in the process of non metallic restorations is that of White fillings or dental composite. In this type of filling, the powdered glass and plastic resin are mixed together to form a material that has the same color as that of the tooth. These fillings are very popular because of their cosmetic features. People prefer to get the white fillings to improve the look and appearance of the teeth even after the application. The material used for these fillings are normally expensive compared to the metallic filling or silver filling. The reason for higher cost is the durability and health assurance that is received through this type.

White fillings are considered great for restoring the strength and health of the teeth and do not give any damage to the original structure of the teeth. Moreover, the size adjustment made for this type of non-metallic restorations requires least tuning and hence is easier to be bonded inside the structure. The only disadvantage of this type is that it is not as long lasting as that of the metallic restoration, but then the lesser damage to the tooth structure makes it a better choice.