What kinds of fillings are there?

Traditionally dental amalgams or metal fillings were used exclusively. These days we have alternatives, including white and tooth-coloured materials that are less obvious.

Dental amalgam is a mixture of mercury, silver, tin and copper. Mercury, which makes up about 50 per cent of the compound, binds the metals together and provides a strong, hard, durable filling.

White and tooth-coloured fillings are made of composite resin, which is a plastic and glass mixture. This resin can be made up to match the colour of your natural teeth, so it is almost invisible when smiling.

The composite resin is prepared, and then the dentist places it in layers, typically using a light specialized to cement harden each layer. When the resin is placed, the dentist will shape the composite to fit the tooth. Then it can be polished to give a shiny, smooth finish and to prevent staining and early wear.

Our dentists only use premium, trusted dental fillings which have been researched and tested to ensure the quality and safety of your treatment. We only work with approved dentists who are members of the GDC and CQC approved, giving you the highest quality treatment with an affordable price tag.

When cavities (holes) develop in teeth over time, food can collect in them and slowly decay, leading to an abscess or tooth decay. Fillings are used to plug the cavity, strengthen the tooth structure, and prevent tooth decay.

What’s best?

Of course, no fillings at all would be the ideal, but if you must have a filling, your smile will look more natural and beautiful with a bonded white filling.

Patients we meet now overwhelmingly prefer white fillings, not only because of how they look and feel but because they strengthen weak teeth. White fillings have also experienced an increase in popularity in response to growing concerns about the safety of mercury (silver) fillings.

In the past, white fillings were less strong than less attractive amalgam. But with today’s technology, white fillings can easily withstand the stress required to serve even as a filling in a back tooth. And besides looking better, a tooth filled with white composite is more resistant to fracture.

Whatever your reasons, opting for or switching to white fillings will give you a better-looking, stronger smile.