Fillings are the most common type of ‘restorative treatment’. A filling replaces the part of the tooth that has been either lost due to (a) decay causing a cavity in the tooth or (b) tooth getting broken. The widely used option to restore a tooth is to have a white filling, also commonly known as ‘Composite Filling’.

Most people have fillings on their teeth, which involve having grey metal called ‘Amalgam’ fillings. Many patients no longer have the desire for Amalgam fillings due to the dark colour of Amalgam. Patients are increasingly getting practical and intent on having aesthetically pleasing fillings and thus avoiding amalgam fillings due to their dark appearance: with most white fillings, no-one would know it is there.

Composites are also referred to as white fillings. A composite filling is a tooth coloured restorative material that is composed of glass particles suspended in a resin matrix. Composites are available in several shades to enable them perfectly match with the colour of a patient’s tooth. Composites are bonded directly to your tooth and help to support the remaining tooth structure. Composites can be used for a variety of cosmetic dental procedures that include –

  • Repairing chipped or broken teeth
  • Closing gaps between teeth
  • Reshaping teeth

Composite fillings are not ideal for all restorations and/or for individuals with heavy bite, who grinding or clench their teeth. Composites are also not suitable for use on back teeth especially on tooth that has large cavity, since the bonding does not have the strength to be filled over large areas. In such instances, the alternative tooth coloured restoration would be to use an inlay or onlay.