Dental fillings

What are Dental (composite) fillings?

A composite or white (tooth-coloured) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling.

There are many types of filling material available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Typically, your filling would be either composite resin or porcelain – the choice depends on your tooth strength. You and your dentist can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth.

Because composite fillings are tooth-coloured, they can be closely matched to the colour of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited as well as better matched to natural teeth for long-lasting function.

As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may some day have to be replaced. However, they are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long-lasting, beautiful smile.These fillings are also called bonded restorations because the composite material is bonded to the tooth for good adhesion using a special LED light.

Why consider composite fillings?

  • Chipped teeth when the chip is small.
  • When a tooth with an old silver filling looks unaesthetic or the silver filling has failed.
  • Decayed teeth.
  • When a tooth with an old filling looks stained or becomes sensitive.

How are composite fillings placed?

Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove decay as necessary. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed. The composite filling will then be precisely placed, hardened, shaped and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.

It is possible to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed; however, this will subside shortly after your tooth acclimatises to the new filling.

Good oral hygiene practices, good eating habits and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.


We are a strictly amalgam-free (mercury-free) practice. We use only safe, bio-compatible tooth-coloured filling material for your overall health.

The decision to have your old amalgam fillings replaced is an important one and you want a practice that shares the same concerns for safety as you do. This means all the mercury waste is safely removed from your mouth without any fear of contaminating your body.