Your dentist will administer a local anaesthetic to ensure you are comfortable throughout the procedure. They will then remove the decayed material with a small drill, before cleaning the tooth thoroughly.
Once the tooth is clean, the dentist will apply a filling material of your choice, before shaping, polishing, and hardening it.
Amalgam or ‘Black fillings’ is a mixture of silver, tin, copper, mercury, and zinc.
Composite or white fillings are made from powdered glass and acrylic resin, providing a more natural-looking alternative that matches the colour of the rest of the tooth and requires less overall preparation and are mercury-free and bonded to the tooth enhancing the integrity of the remaining tooth.
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