Tooth Coloured Fillings

A tooth coloured filling (white filling) is:

  • mercury free
  • made of a tooth coloured plastic mixture filled with glass particles, called composite resin
  • used for restoring decay
  • used for cosmetic improvements

New technological advancements in dentistry have allowed us to do natural tooth coloured fillings.


The advantages of composite fillings are:

  • The filling integrates with the tooth…it doesn’t weaken the tooth as a silver filling does.
  • We now can make a smaller hole, since the white material can flow into small places.
  • Due to the smaller hole, there is more of your own tooth left, leaving it stronger.
  • Secondary decay is easier to spot beneath tooth coloured fillings.
  • If damaged, they can be easily fixed.
  • They are temperature and electrical insulators-resistant to extremes of heat and cold.
  • Environmentally safe-no hazardous metal wastes to dispose of and no risk of mercury allergy.
  • Allowing us to fix smaller cavities.
  • They are a more natural, attractive choice.
  • Composites bond to the tooth to support the remaining tooth to help prevent breakage.
  • Composite insulate the tooth from excessive temperature changes.
  • Composites (white fillings) last about 8 years with a range of 7-10 years.