A filling is used to restore a tooth damaged by decay – bringing it back to is normal shape and function  

A filling can be white (composite) or grey (amalgam) depending on the position in the mouth. They are used to replace a damaged part of a tooth

What are white fillings?
White fillings are matched to be the same colour as your teeth, therefore they give your tooth a more natural appearance. Silver fillings are available, however they are noticeable when your mouth is open

How long do white fillings last?
The life span of a white fillings is dependant on several factors – the location of the filling within your mouth, how much pressure it is under whilst you are biting etc. Your dentist will be able to advise you on the life expectancy, however generally you can expect your white fillings to last 7-10 years.

What are the advantages of a white filling?
White fillings try to restore the original strength of the tooth, thereby decreasing the risk of tooth breakage in the future
Back teeth can be restored with white fillings, they are capable of withstanding the pressure and daily wear produced by the back teeth
White fillings are more natural looking
White fillings do not contain any mercury compared to grey fillings