Filling is the term given to the repair and restoration of a damaged tooth. This is usually done with the help of a tooth-coloured material known as composite. Fillings are needed for teeth that get damaged from carious lesions, chipped edges or cracks, pits, signs of dental wear, or fractures. Composites do not require extensive tooth preparation and can be used to repair teeth in an efficient manner. Some of the most prominent advantages of using composites in restorative dentistry include:

  • Tooth coloured filling material – don’t not compromise the appearance of the affected tooth

  • Structurally stable – does not undergo shrinkage once it has been set in place

  • Don’t not contain any toxic elements which may harm the body, or the environment

  • Biocompatible, non-allergenic and soft-tissue friendly

  • Can be disposed of safely

  • Sets only when a curing light or laser is shone on it

  • Once set and polished, looks and feels exactly like a natural tooth

  • Can be used to restore teeth in the anterior or the posterior portion of the mouth

  • Very strong – can withstand masticatory forces in the mouth

  • Takes only a matter of minutes to complete per tooth