Tooth Coloured Fillings

A filling replaces part of a tooth that has been lost because of decay or accidental damage. All fillings are tooth coloured, carefully selected to match the original shade and shape of the tooth.

A filling will normally be carried out under local anesthetic. The affected area will be cleared of decay or loose filling, the tooth will be washed and dried. Then the filling will be inserted and smoothed off before a bright light is applied to set the filling. The filling will then be trimmed off and polished.

Is it worth replacing my amalgam fillings with white ones?
It is usually best to change fillings only when we decide that an old filling needs replacing. If so you can ask to have it replaced in a tooth-coloured material.

We sometimes prefer not to put white fillings in back teeth, as they are not always successful. One way around this would be to use crowns or inlays, but this can mean removing more of the tooth and can be more expensive.

What are tooth-coloured fillings made of?
This can vary, but they are mainly made of glass particles, synthetic resin and a setting ingredient.

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