A filling replaces part of a tooth that has been lost because of decay or accidental damage.

There are two types of fillings; Silver (amalgam) fillings and white fillings. Fillings stick to teeth so they can be used to repair teeth, which are chipped, broken or decayed.

What happens in a Filling?

White fillings are the most common type of filling used by dentists. A tooth needs less preparation for a white filling than for a silver filling.

White fillings are the same colour as teeth. They come in a range of shades so they can be matched to the colour of your own teeth.

White fillings are sticky so they can be used to reshape and rebuild broken edges or worn teeth. They can also be used to cover marks (discolouration) if they can’t be removed by cleaning.

Dental materials are often not strong enough for large fillings in back teeth. In those cases a crown may be the only long-term option. Fillings also need dry conditions, which can be difficult to achieve in some situations right at the back of your mouth.

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