A treatment to restore decayed teeth
Over time teeth can decay and develop cavities (caries), They can also be damaged by trauma.
Removing decayed material and replacing with traditional amalgam (silver) or more modern composite (white) filling materials is a tried and trusted technique for restoration of carious teeth. Composite materials can also be used to repair cracked or broken teeth, thereby restoring them to a natural appearance.
Amalgam fillings are placed after removal of any tooth decay and provide an effective physical barrier against further ingress or food material or infection. However, they have the disadvantages of requiring more of the sound tooth to be drilled away to provide an anchor for the filling, thereby reducing the strength of the remaining tooth. They are also not cosmetically appealing.
Composite fillings, on the other hand, actually bond to and strengthen the remaining tooth. They generally require removal of less of the affected tooth and can be colour-matched to the remaining teeth providing a much more cosmetically pleasing result.
Before & after