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@Arches 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.