The most popular and straightforward fix for surface damage caused by decay, an accident or general wear, a filling will restore the functionality of the tooth with a single visit to the dentist. We offer a number of different types of filling depending on the position of the tooth. We will talk you through the options and help you decide which filling is best for your needs.
Bonding composite (tooth coloured) fillings
Bonding composite fillings offer a number of advantages over traditional silver (amalgam) fillings. Many people choose them because they are tooth coloured and this means the filling blends subtly with the natural tooth. Traditionally, composite fillings have been used to fix damage to front teeth as they were not as durable as silver (amalgam), but improvements in the quality of bonding material mean the lifespan of composite is improving all the time. This has led to a huge increase in the number of people choosing a composite filling for the back teeth.
As dentists we like bonded composites because they are less intrusive. Traditional silver fillings do not stick to teeth, so we normally have to remove some of the healthy tooth to create a shape that will hold the filling in place. Composites work in a different way; they bond directly to the tooth, which means we only need to remove the damaged area. They also expand to fit the gap, so provide greater support which reduces the risks of cracks appearing in the tooth.