A dental filling is a type of restorative dentistry treatment used to repair minimal tooth fractures, tooth decay or otherwise damaged surfaces of the teeth. Dental filling materials, which include composite, porcelain and silver amalgam, may be used to even out tooth surfaces for better biting or chewing.
Dentist will begin the dental filling procedure by preparing the tooth and necessary surrounding areas in order to restore the damaged area. The decay or damage is removed and the area is cleansed to remove bacteria or debris before it is “filled” with the filling materials.
Composite fillings are mercury-free, plastic material matching natural tooth colour used to replace missing parts of a tooth. Since they bond to the tooth, composite fillings restore most of the original strength and natural appearance of the tooth. Besides offering durability and strength, many patients opt for composite fillings, as they are also more aesthetically pleasant.
Porcelain fillings are tooth-coloured fillings made from ceramics. They are more resistant to staining and abrasion and can last for longer years. Porcelain fillings are custom made to fit your cavity perfectly as well as match the rest of your teeth.