Fillings are a type of dental restoration used to repair a tooth damaged by decay (caries). It is common for a tooth to have decay but not show any signs of discomfort or sensitivity.
With a filling, the decay is removed from the tooth and the cavity created is then prepared or shaped to accommodate a filling material. This preparation will ensure a proper seal and bonding of the material to the tooth.
Traditionally, there are three types of filling material (amalgam, composite and gold) and each has a different preparation requirements. Amalgam is a metallic grey, silver and mercury alloy which hardens or cures overtime after placement. Composite is a tooth coloured resin which is light cured after placement, and gold is a soft metal which is pressed into the cavity and forms a sealed restoration, as a result of this pressure placement, no curing is involved.
At Elite Dental we only offer amalgam free fillings to our private clients. This allows teeth to be filled and rebuilt, utilising more aesthetically acceptable materials such as composite resin.