Fillings are one of the most common dental restorations, used to treat small areas of decay in the teeth. When you need a filling, the decay is drilled out and cleaned so that there is no remaining bacteria, before the hole is filled using a filling.
Fillings can be made from several different materials. In the past, nearly all patients had fillings made from metal amalgam. This dark grey material contains a mix of metals and while robust, is very obvious in appearance. This means that it is clear when someone has an amalgam filling, and this has the potential to affect their confidence in their appearance. Fortunately, there is another option – tooth-colored fillings.