A filling replaces part of a tooth that has been lost because of decay or through accidental damage.
‘Silver’ fillings are made of amalgam – a mixture of mercury with other metals, such as silver, tin and copper. They are very strong, so they are ideal for back teeth, where there is heavy wear from chewing.
‘Composite’, ‘glass ionomer’ and ‘compomer’ are different types of white filling. Unlike silver fillings, white filling material sticks to teeth and can form edges, so it may be effectively used to repair front teeth that are chipped, broken, decayed or worn. It can also be used to cover marks or discolouration that cleaning won’t remove.
Until recently you had no choice about the colour of your fillings. Using the latest technology you can now have old silver or gold fillings replaced with almost invisible porcelain or resin restorations. These restorations look terrific – no-one ever needs to know you have any fillings!
- No more unsightly black fillings
- Almost undetectable, even in large areas
- Strong, long lasting restorations