What are they?

A filling replaces part of a tooth that has been lost because of decay or an accident.  You may hear your dentist talk about ‘composite’ and ‘glass ionomer’ – these are different types of white filling.

What happens?

Your dentist will:

  • usually numb the area around the tooth with an injection – but some small fillings may not need an anaesthetic.
  • Remove any decay, together with any old filling material, using a small high-speed drill.
  • Remove any weak part of the tooth which might break later.
  • Etch the surface to be restored to help the filling stick better.
  • Coat the surface to be restored with a bonding agent and then place the filling material – this is pushed into the cavity and shaped.
  • Harden the filling by pointing a small, pen-like blue light at it inside your mouth - this is called ‘curing’.
  • Trim and polish the filling.

The benefits

  • White filling can be used effectively to repair teeth that are chipped, broken, decayed or worn. It can also be used as a ‘veneer’ to cover marks or discolouration that scaling & polishing won’t remove.
  • White fillings can be matched to the colour of your own teeth making them virtually invisible.

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