Why Might I need a Filling?
Filings are used to repair cavities or decayed areas in teeth. It is important to have cavities filled as soon as possible as this prevents further damage to the tooth and ensures you can use it to bite and chew food normally.
Tooth Coloured Fillings
Most people have one or more filling, and in the past the only option to restore back teeth was to use silver coloured amalgams. While hardwearing, this material can create dark areas in the mouth, marring an otherwise attractive smile. Thankfully dental technology has evolved, and nowadays it is possible to repair small to medium sized fillings using tooth coloured composite resin as today’s materials are strong and hard wearing and can easily withstand the wear and tear associated with your back teeth.
This material comes in a huge variety of shades, and can be closely matched to your natural tooth colour, creating a strong, beautiful and virtually invisible filling that will last for several years before it needs replacing (all types of filings need regular replacement). Tooth coloured fillings produce highly aesthetic results, and they are a healthy way to repair teeth as the composite resin bonds strongly with your natural teeth.
Today, tooth coloured composite resin fillings can be used to repair cavities in any area in your mouth, but if you have larger areas of decay we may recommend a different option which is a filling made from porcelain. This is because porcelain is more hard wearing and is perfect for restoring strength and structure to substantially decayed teeth.