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Dental decay is caused through acid softening and dissolving the enamel and dentine of your teeth. This comes from the sugars in the food we eat and drink reacting with the bacteria in plaque, over time, the acid will produce a cavity (hole) in your tooth. Without treatment, dental decay can cause further damage to your dental health, and may result in the need to remove the tooth. If the tooth decay is not too serious, your dentist will remove all of the decay and restore the tooth with a filling. Fillings prevent further damage and making sure that your smile stays healthier and happier.

Fillings are not only functional, but can be natural looking as well. Many people don't want silver fillings that show when they laugh or smile because they are more conscious about the way they look. White fillings can be used on front teeth to repair chipped teeth and fill gaps.

Often there is a choice of material that can be used for fillings in your back teeth. This is usually silver amalgam or ‘tooth coloured’ composite materials. White filling materials are more expensive and take longer to place, therefore they usually cost more than amalgam. However, cosmetically are superior to the silver colored alternative.nWhite fillings have always been considered less long lasting than silver amalgam fillings. But there are now new materials available with properties comparable to silver amalgam, and these are proving to be very successful. The life expectancy of a white filling can depend greatly on where it is in your mouth and how heavily your teeth come together when you bite. Your dentist can advise you on the life expectancy of your fillings.

Your dentist will give you a quote for filling options before you agree to treatment.

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Last updated: Thursday 19 April, 2018