What types of filling are available?
White fillings or composite fillings blend in with your teeth, creating a totally natural look. They are an alternative to amalgam or ‘silver’ fillings. They are popular because of the cosmetic benefits they provide and advances in the materials used have made them durable.
A plastic resin composite is used in a white filling in a shade chosen to match your own tooth so that it blends in with your surrounding teeth. White fillings are bonded to the tooth enamel after the decay has been removed.
They are perceived as being harder wearing but advances in the materials used in white fillings make them comparable in terms of durability.
It will depend on the amount of tooth decay to be removed, but a filling could take up to an hour and X-rays will be taken if needed. All the decay is then removed from the tooth until the area is clear and ready to hold the filling.
You will be given a local anaesthetic which will numb the tooth, gum and surrounding area to make sure you are comfortable throughout the procedure. You should avoid chewing afterwards as it takes a while for the numbness to wear off.Back to General Dentistry