What are fillings?
Fillings are a type of restorative treatment, which are used to fill in holes in the teeth to make them stronger and provide greater resistance to damage and infection.
In the past, silver amalgam fillings were very popular because there were no alternatives; however, nowadays, white fillings are much more popular.
About white fillings
White fillings are a popular choice for patients today because they offer restorative and aesthetic benefits. Unlike metal fillings, white fillings cannot be seen, as the material is colour-matched to the shade of the tooth. White fillings are made from dental composite and they can be used for most teeth.
There are concerns about the safety and environmental impact of using mercury amalgam fillings and white filings are considered a safer and more environmentally friendly option.
What does filling treatment involve?
Having a filling is nothing to worry about and you won’t feel any pain because your tooth will be numbed before the treatment begins. Before the filling is placed, the cavity is cleaned thoroughly to remove any bacteria. A bonding agent is then applied to the tooth to enable the composite to stick firmly. The composite is then placed inside the cavity and moulded to ensure that it fills the hole. At this stage of the procedure, the composite is soft and malleable. Once the hole has been filled, a curing light is used to set the composite and this makes it hard and durable. Any final adjustments are then made and then treatment is complete.