Teeth can be broken from trauma, chipping, or tooth decay. A filling may be required to fill the hole and protect the nerve in the tooth by keeping food and bacteria out.

Composite fillings

Also referred to as “adhesive” or “white fillings”, these chemically adhere to your tooth structure and provide you with a strong natural looking filling.

Amalgam fillings

Otherwise known as “silver” fillings, the amalgam is well known for its strength, and in appropriate cases provides a long lasting seal against bacteria.


Teeth can also be restored with a strong material such as gold, zirconia, or porcelain which are fitted specifically to your tooth in a laboratory. This is particularly beneficial where strength is required, or when fillings are so big that it is difficult to achieve a good seal and contour in the mouth. Large composites are susceptible to breakage which means that these fillings require more maintenance. In particular, back teeth that have had root canal treatment are more susceptible to fracturing. Crowns or onlays may be recommended by your dentist to prevent your tooth from splitting and to provide the best seal possible to keep the tooth from becoming reinfected.