A bonded filling is a dental filling that is made of a composite resin. Although it is often referred to as a ‘white filling’, bonded fillings are actually not quite white, but are similar in colour to your teeth. This type of filling blends in more naturally with your teeth in contrast to traditional silver amalgam fillings.
Why do I need to have a filling?
You might need a filling because you have decay in a tooth, where the filling is required to fill in the space created by the removal of decay.
You might also need a filling if one of your current fillings needs to be replaced, or if a tooth has cracked or has been damaged.
A bonded filling is appropriate when the cavity to be filled is small and the area is not exposed to a lot of force in the mouth.
If the cavity to be filled is large or if it is on a molar and you grind your teeth, a bonded filling may not be your best option.
What can I expect after I receive a filling?
Most patients will not notice anything different after the bonded filling is placed. You will be able to eat and drink normally once the local anaesthetic has worn off. If you do notice any discomfort, please contact our office.