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Traditional dental restoratives, or fillings, are most often made of silver amalgam. The strength and durability of this traditional dental material makes it useful for situations where restored teeth must withstand extreme forces that result from chewing, often in the back of the mouth.

Newer dental fillings include ceramic and plastic compounds that mimic the appearance of natural teeth. These compounds, often called composite resins, are usually used on the front teeth where a natural appearance is important, but they can also be used on the back teeth depending on the location and extent of the tooth decay.


Several factors influence the performance, durability, longevity and expense of dental restorations, including:

  • The components used in the filling material
  • The amount of tooth structure remaining
  • Where and how the filling is placed
  • The chewing load that the tooth will have to bear
  • The length and number of visits needed to prepare and adjust the restored tooth

Before your treatment begins, your doctor will discuss with you all of your options and help you choose the best filling for your particular case. In preparation for this discussion it may be helpful to understand the two basic types of dental fillings — direct and indirect.

  • Direct fillings are fillings placed into a prepared cavity in a single visit. They include silver amalgam, glass ionomers, resin ionomers, and composite (resin) fillings. The dentist prepares the tooth, places the filling, and adjusts it in one appointment.
  • Indirect fillings generally require two or more visits. They include inlays, onlays, and veneers fabricated with gold, base metal alloys, ceramics, or composites. They are used when a tooth has too much damage to support a filling but 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 then places a temporary covering over the prepared tooth. The impression is sent to a dental laboratory, which creates the dental restoration. At the next appointment, the dentist cements the restoration into the prepared cavity and adjusts it as needed.

Available for this Procedure

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Locations Performed in


Pembroke Pines

Staff That Perform This Procedure

Dr. Joel Glicksman

Dr. Rick Mars

Dr. Ambar Pagani

Dr. Sam Margulies



What they say

Barbara Smith
Hi, My name is Barbara S. and I have been a patient at the Dental Care Group, with Dr Mars, for about 20 years. I'm a retired educator who wears many hats--real estate referral agent, substitute teacher, hospital volunteer, actor, and grandmother. I'm called the "happy lady" so it's important to me that my teeth look good. As I approach this new milestone of completing my Invisalign treatment, I am extremely satisfied with the process and outcome. Procrastination was a factor for years because I thought Invisalign at my age (65) would be a waste of time and money. Ironically, when I started my last set, casting call for commercials increased. Now, when the camera person asked for that big smile, I gladly show all 28 beautiful teeth. Hats off to my dentist, Dr Mars, for his expert skills, professionalism, caring heart, and contagious sense of humor. When it comes to giving back to the community, Dr. Mars should receive the Humanitarian Award for opening his heart and providing his professional services to the public. The deco style waiting room, with the added computer, is warm and inviting. The entire staff has always maintained exceptional professional ethics. It is true that the company's success is, also, determined by the staff that customers initially encounter. All of the office staff exemplifies that pleasant and helpful spirit and is an asset to the Dental Care Group. Special thanks to my special team of helpers, Valrie, April, Anel and Marlene who always made me feel so special. Thanks, again to Dr Mars and the staff at The Dental Care Group. Much love.
Lily Castaner
Dr glicksman and his staff are amazing in utter stress today with Absess tooth in a few hours had surgery and felt so much better --to my surprise in the evening Dr. Office called to make sure I was feeling better , it's a blessing we still have old school professionals in our neighborhood -- thank you so much and grateful for each one of you today

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The cost of your treatment will vary depending on your individual needs and treatment plan. We will discuss with you the cost of your treatment and each of your available payment options before you begin, so that you can make the best choice for you.

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