For over 150 years, tooth fillings have been made out of a grey-silver material called ‘amalgam’. This is strong and long lasting. However, many people find it unattractive or are concerned about possible health risks. White fillings are a popular alternative to amalgam. New materials mean it is much easier to find a perfect colour match to a particular tooth. In most cases, it is impossible to see that the tooth even has a filling. White filling material can be used to cover unsightly marks on teeth, repair chipped or broken front teeth, enhance the shape of front teeth. Or act as a standard filling material in back teeth.
It recent times, it has become common place for patients to replace their mercury fillings with a more modern resin bonded composite filling material.