Even though we are taking better care of our teeth than ever before, only the lucky few of us will avoid the need for a filling at some point in our lives.

A filling may be required for various reasons including decay, damage or wear to the surface of the tooth.

For aesthetic reasons, many people now opt for composite resin (tooth coloured) fillings over metal coloured amalgam.

Composite filings (made from a mixture of plastic and glass called silicone dioxide) have been used for over forty years. Originally the materials used were considered inferior to metals, however modern composite fillings now prove just as hard-wearing and durable as amalgam.

Today they are used in all teeth.

Composite fillings in summary: