A filling is intended to aesthetically and functionally restore a defect in a tooth caused by caries, a disease caused by bacteria that adhere to the teeth, transforming sugars from the food we eat into acids that cause cavities. These cavities, if left untreated, will cause pain and eventually necessitate a root canal or extraction of the tooth. To prevent caries and to maintain smile esthetics, one must maintain strict oral hygiene.

What is a filling?

For almost 200 years it was customary to use fillings made of amalgam, a meld of silver and mercury. Today, modern dentistry offers alternate fillings materials that are the same color and shade as the tooth (white fillings).
White Fillings Silver Fillings 
 Non-toxic, do not contain mercury.
 Natural shade of the teeth.
 Increasingly widespread use.
 Bond to the tooth chemically.
 "Flexible" and molded to the tooth.
 Insulate from cold and heat.
 Release fluoride, thus preventing caries.
 Aesthetically pleasing.
 Require removal of the caries alone and not of healthy tooth tissue.
• Therefore, will last for many years.
 Toxic containing mercury.
 Silver shaded.
 Becoming increasingly banned worldwide.
 Do not adhere to the tooth.
 May cause the tooth to break.
 Cause sensitivity to cold and heat.
 Do not release fluoride.
 Conspicuous and visually displeasing.
• Require the removal of healthy tooth tissue in addition to the caries.
 Therefore, cause damage to the tooth and are visually displeasing.
*Since 1995, our clinic has only been using white fillings.

Examples of White Fillings Made of Composite Material

Before                               After



Closing a gap between teeth using composite

Composites can be used not only for restorations after damage caused by caries, but also for changing the shape, shade and position of the teeth.
This can be seen in the following example:
After the orthodontic treatment, a few gaps were still left (black triangle).
The gaps were closed by adding composites to change the shape of the teeth without grinding or damaging the tooth material.

Tooth formation from composite material in just one appointment, to improve size, shape and to close gaps.


Porcelain Fillings in Just One Sitting
Aesthetic fillings can be created without requiring laboratory work and in just one sitting, combining the quality and attractiveness of a white filling with the strength of porcelain.

Photo 1: Removal of caries
Photo 2: Fitting the porcelain inlay and filling the gaps with a composite
              material (as is done for a white filling)
Photo 3: Polishing and finish

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