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Almost 50 years ago, all around the world, people used to have one smile the “silver smile”, referring to the amalgam filling which was the most used filling material by the dentists to fill decayed tooth, and still used till now, it is a very strong filling material which has proven its durability for so many years, but one of the most problems it had and still have is it is appearance, it is not aesthetic by any mean, a one big smile or laugh is enough to reveal this ugly appearance of the amalgam, from that arises the need for a more aesthetic and color matching material, and here comes composite, composite resin is a tooth colored restorative material with superior aesthetic than any other filling materials, its high aesthetic and its tooth color matching properties made it hard for people to notice it, if it is well made, even some dentist can’t recognize it unless they took x- ray for the tooth.
With the new developments in adhesive dentistry and composite materials, the new generations can now exactly mimic the natural teeth and reflect light exactly as the enamel do, yet, it’s very strong and last for years if well taken care of.

Which Type of Filling is Best?

No one type of filling is best for everyone. What’s right for you will be determined by the extent of the repair, whether you have allergies to certain materials, where in your mouth the filling is needed, and the cost. Considerations for different materials include:


Are resistant to wear and relatively inexpensive. However, due to their dark color, they are more noticeable than porcelain or composite restorations and are not usually used in very visible areas, such as front teeth.


Are made to order in a laboratory and then cemented into place. Gold inlays are well tolerated by gum tissues, and may last more than 20 years. For these reasons, many authorities consider gold the best filling material. However, it is often the most expensive choice and requires multiple visits.


Are matched to be the same color as your teeth and therefore used where a natural appearance is desired. The ingredients are mixed and placed directly into the cavity, where they harden. Composites may not be the ideal material for large fillings as they may chip or wear over time. They can also become stained from coffee, tea or tobacco, and do not last as long as other types of fillings generally from three to 10 years.


Are called inlays or onlays and are produced to order in a lab and then bonded to the tooth. They can be matched to the color of the tooth and resist staining. A porcelain restoration generally covers most of the tooth.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a Filling?
What is a Filling?

A filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal function and shape. When a dentist gives you a filling, he or she first removes the decayed tooth material, cleans the affected area, and then fills the cleaned out cavity with a filling material.

  • How do I know if I need a filling?
How do I know if I need a filling?

Only your dentist can detect whether you have a cavity that needs to be filled. During a checkup, your dentist will use a small mirror to examine the surfaces of each tooth.

  • What happens when you get a filling?
What happens when you get a filling?

If your dentist decides to fill a cavity, he or she will first remove the decay and clean the affected area. The cleaned-out cavity will then be filled with any of the variety of materials described above.

  • Why should I consider white fillings?
Why should I consider white fillings?

Most people have fillings of one sort or another in their mouths.
Nowadays fillings can be natural looking. Many people are more conscious about the way they look, so they don’t want silver fillings that show when they laugh or smile.

Meet our dentists in Dubai today!

Feel free to schedule an initial consultation with our dentists so we can assess your condition and find out if this treatment is the best choice for you. We will sit down with you and share more information on all the processes involved in the treatment, including other details such as number of visits, price, and duration of the treatment. Give our team a call today so we can set an appointment for you.

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