Composite fillings: These are white, tooth coloured fillings. Recent developments in the way composites are made have resulted in strong, long lasting filling materials.Being tooth coloured, they are favoured for front teeth and in the smile line.
Glass Ionomer Cements GIC: These are tooth coloured dental materials that usually have a high fluoride content which allows them to help strengthen decayed tooth tissue. They can be used in small fillings, under composite as a base or lining material and also to cement crowns and bridges onto teeth. Temporary fillings: Sometimes, when the decay in the tooth is very close to the pulp, the dentist may decide to put a temporary filling on the tooth after the decay is cleaned, to determine whether the tooth can be filled or if it needs a root canal procedure or extraction. Once the temporary filling is placed, as long as the tooth doesn’t have any pain, you will need to have a permanent filling placed after 2-4 weeks. If the tooth starts getting painful, then filling the tooth is no longer an option, a root canal treatment or extraction would probably required.