Our practice is committed to using mercury free white fillings, also known as composite resin; a tooth-coloured plastic mixture filled with glass (silicon dioxide). This material is more attractive than amalgam and it also bonds directly to the tooth to create a strong seal, therefore minimising recurrent decay and the risk of fracture.
Introduced in the 1960s, dental composites were confined to the front teeth because they were not strong enough to withstand the pressure and wear generated by the back teeth. Since then, composites have been significantly improved and can be successfully placed in the back teeth as well, becoming the standard filling material used today.
Composites are not only used to restore decayed areas, but are also used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the colour of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth. It is important to note that composite fillings can also be used to enhance your smile by lightening stains that you may have, closing minor gaps and in some cases, can even help to correct crooked teeth!
The average filling will take approximately 45 – 60 minutes. Placement time depends on the size and location of the cavity; the larger the size, the longer it will take.