what is filling and what materials are used

What Is a Filling and What Materials Are Used?

A filling is used to restore teeth which have decayed and to prevent further decay. Your dentist can advise on the most suitable filling material depending on factors like the size of the cavity, position of the tooth and cost.

Key takeaways:

  • Prior to any filling your dentist will need to remove the decay and clean out the affected tooth.
  • Filling types include amalgam fillings, composite resins, porcelain and gold.
  • Your dentist can advise you on the type of filling material that is best for your situation, based on the cavity size, visibility, and cost.

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Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.