Fillings 101: What You Need to Know

Fillings can play an important role in restoring the healthy function of your teeth, contributing to a great smile. But did you know that there are more options available than the traditional metal type?

A cosmetic dentist can help you get the treatment you need with fillings that are designed to look more closely matched to the rest of your teeth. This can be a great solution for people who need the filling, but are worried about how it will affect the look of their pearly whites.

What are the benefits of fillings?

A range of bacteria come into contact with the teeth on a daily basis, and if they are left to build up they can cause dental decay and even cavities. A filling is designed to target the affected area and stop the decay from spreading further into the rest of the tooth, or even the ones surrounding it, by fitting over the area where the decay occurred.

The sooner the filling is placed, the better, as this means more of the existing tooth structure can be preserved and the need for more intensive treatment may be avoided.

Fillings can be created from a variety of materials. Gold, porcelain, silver amalgam or composite resin elements are just some of the typical choices for dental fillings, but many of these can be highly visible once placed in the mouth.

Those wishing to treat the problem more discreetly can benefit from aesthetic dental fillings, which are created from a composite mix of materials that have been coloured to match the rest of your surrounding teeth.

At Smile By Design, we can work with you to ensure your filling blends in as naturally as possible to the rest of your smile. We can also remove older silver fillings and replace them with more natural looking alternatives.