Metal, or amalgam, fillings were once the only option for restoring teeth following the removal of decay. They’re hardwearing, but most people find that a mouth full of metal isn’t very attractive. Luckily today we can offer a more aesthetically-pleasing option – tooth coloured composite, or ‘white’ fillings.
White fillings have advanced to the point where they’re now suitable for use on any teeth in your mouth – even the back ones that do all the work. And we colour-match the materials so they will look just like the rest of your teeth. The composite material can also be used as an inlay or onlay to cover over any minor defects in your tooth – much the same way as you’d smooth render over a damaged wall.
Yes, today’s composite materials are strong enough that you can have white fillings on any of your teeth - even the hard-working back ones.
Yes, if you maintain proper oral hygiene, then your composite fillings should last as long as amalgam.