Fillings replace parts of teeth that have been lost because of decay or accidental damage, and it’s quite normal to have one or more fillings by the time you reach adulthood.

Tooth coloured fillings are a modern alternative to traditional amalgam fillings, which are made from a mixture of toxic mercury, silver, tin, copper, zinc and other metals and are highly visible in the mouth.

Also known as plastic or white fillings, the cosmetic alternative is made from powdered glass and ceramic added to a resin base, carefully selected to match the original shade of the tooth.

How it works

The filling will normally be carried out under local anaesthetic and the affected area cleared of decay, washed and dried and a bonding agent applied inside the hole. Composite resin is placed on top of the glue in thin layers, each layer hardened with a UV light, and with the last layer of the filling hardened the filling is trimmed off and polished.

Tooth coloured fillings are an attractive solution to damaged teeth because they are effectively invisible in your mouth and can be done in one appointment in most cases. They are however weaker than amalgam or gold fillings and therefore may not last as long, although modern materials have increased their durability so they can now be used successfully on the back teeth.

If you have a decayed or damaged tooth, book a consultation at Tewkesbury Dental to discuss whether a tooth coloured filling is a suitable treatment for you.

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