Types of tooth fillings
Composite fillings (also known as ‘white fillings’) are stronger than amalgam fillings and are a popular choice for repairing small- to medium-sized cavities.
These fillings are made from a composite resin (a liquid substance made from plastic and glass particles). The resin is inserted into the cavity as a paste, moulded to the shape of your natural tooth, then set with a dental curing light that makes it harden.
With a natural-looking appearance, composite fillings are ideal for restoring teeth in more visible locations such as the front of the mouth.
Ceramic or porcelain fillings
Ceramic or porcelain fillings are recommended to restore moderately damaged teeth toward the back of the mouth. These fillings mimic the colour of a natural tooth and are made from extremely hard and durable materials that withstand strong biting and grinding pressure.
Ceramic or porcelain fillings are also less likely to stain, so are particularly suitable for smokers and coffee drinkers.