Fillings are used to replace a portion of tooth that has been lost due to tooth decay, tooth wear or accidental damage of a tooth.
There are two types of fillings commonly used, Composite (white) or Amalgam (Silver). The choice of the appropriate type of filling should be a team joint decision between the dentist and patient based on the following criteria;
Longevity – which material will give you the best long-term outcome,
Aesthetics – is it likely to be visible when you speak or smile,
Patient preference – which material the patient would prefer.
While it is always better to avoid the need for filling, by good dietary choices and good oral hygiene, when fillings are needed they are best carried out at the earliest possible time. Regular dental health checks facilitate early intervention. Small fillings work very well as there is still a lot of tooth structure remaining to hold the filling in place.