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Our professional dental team utilises up-to-date filling technology and techniques to restore your teeth to their natural form.

Why do I need a filling?

A tooth with a cavity needs a filling to prevent further decay. Cavities are caused when food gets trapped between the teeth and hardens into plaque. Plaque is made up of bacteria and sugars that form acids on the surface of the teeth. These acids erode the enamel, or outer layer of the tooth, causing cavities.

What types of fillings are there?

  • Amalgam Fillings or silver fillings are used on posterior teeth. They are made from a mixture of metals, including mercury, silver, tin and copper.
  • Composite Fillings or “white fillings” are tooth-coloured and are made from composite resin and glass. They come in multiple shades so that we can make the material to your natural tooth colour.
  • Glass Ionomer Fillings are another tooth-coloured filling made from powdered glass. This establishes a chemical relationship with your tooth and may release fluoride, which aids in the prevention of future decay.

Should I replace all my existing fillings with white ones?

If you feel self-conscious when you smile, you might be considering swapping your amalgam fillings for white fillings if you’d like this as a cosmetic treatment, we are more than happy to upgrade those fillings for a natural-looking smile.

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