When a tooth that has been damaged by decay or trauma a filling replaces the missing or damaged tooth.
We provide our patients with options on the type of filling available. There are different types e.g. white fillings which are made of an organic resin and filler particles (quartz) or metal (amalgam) fillings or gold. White fillings or composites adhere to teeth by bonding so they can be used to repair teeth (especially front teeth) which have been chipped, broken or decayed. They can sometimes be used in back teeth if there is not too much decay or damage.
You will probably hear the dentist talk about ‘composite’ or ‘glass lonomer’ – these are just different types of white filling.