FILLINGS & FISSURE SEALANTS
Fillings are used to repair a hole in your tooth caused by decay. The most common type of filling is an amalgam, made from a mixture of metals. Amalgam fillings are often used on your back chewing teeth as they are very hard-wearing.
Your dentist will offer you the type of filling most appropriate for your clinical (medical) needs. This may include a tooth-coloured (white) filling. For example, if you need a filling for one of your front teeth, your dentist may suggest a tooth-coloured filling.
Composite resin (tooth-coloured): powdered glass and ceramic added to a resin base,
Synthetic resin (tooth-coloured): as for composite resin but the resin is man-made (instead of coming from plants)
Replaced with white fillings:
1. Small Cavity Found
2. Decay Has Been Removed
3. Restored With White Fillings
Fissure Sealants are plastic coating that fill the fissures in a tooth. They protect teeth from plaque and acids. These are a successful method of preventing tooth decay, particularly in a patients with a higher risk of tooth decay. The treatment is painless and non-invasive. Fissure sealants gradually wear after several years and may be re-applied.