Tooth fillings are used to treat a variety of problems. They are normally needed following physical damage, tooth decay caused by poor dental hygiene and for aesthetic reasons. Tooth fillings prevent further damage to a tooth structure that has existing damage.
There are two types of fillings:
They are silver fillings that are commonly found in most people back molar teeth. They consist of a mixture of metals such as silver, tin and copper. They also contain mercury. Benefits: they are more affordable and long lasting and they are also quick to do.
Composites (white fillings)
They are fillings that are used to match the same colour as your existing tooth. They have become very popular due to the fact that they are aesthetically pleasing and for people who are against the mercury found in mercury fillings.