A filling restores a damaged tooth back to normal function and shape. When you receive a filling, the dentist removes the decayed tooth material, cleans the area, and then fills the cavity with a filling material.
Filling the hold prevents bacteria from entering and further decay. At Smiles by Design we use composite, or white, fillings are made from tooth-coloured resin (a mixture of plastic and glass) that is highly durable and aesthetically pleasing. Composite fillings can be used to restore decayed areas, or cavities, or for cosmetic purposes by changing the colour and/or shape of a tooth. Composite is not as strong or durable as porcelain or gold fillings, called inlays/onlays or crowns).
Aesthetics is a big advantage of composite fillings over silver amalgam fillings as your dentist can colour-match the composite material to your teeth for a natural look. Composites also are bonded to the tooth, making them very durable and helping prevent breakage.
Here at Smiles by Design we do not use amalgam or silver filling material. We feel we can accomplish a superior restoration using a high-quality composite material.