For those patients who prefer the natural look, tooth-coloured fillings may be the answer. The British Dental Health Foundation describes the various options:
Composite fillings - strong, but may not be as hard wearing as amalgam fillings. These fillings are tooth coloured and made from powdered glass, quartz, silica or other ceramic particles added to a resin base. The dentist will choose a shade to match your own teeth.
Glass ionomer - these fillings form a chemical bond with the tooth. They may also release fluoride, which helps prevent further tooth decay. Generally used on baby teeth and non-biting surfaces.
Porcelain inlays - dentists can now use computer technology to design and prepare perfectly fitted porcelain inlays. These can be hard wearing and long lasting, and coloured to match the patient's own teeth.