If you’re after a silver-free look and want maximum strength, porcelain fillings are the answer. As they’re stronger than composite fillings, they can be used where the cavity is too large for a composite. The lifespan of a porcelain filling is also much longer than that of a composite filling – around seven to ten years. However, they cost considerably more.

Porcelain fillings are bonded into place and are moisture-intolerant during placement. The tooth is prepared, an impression of it is taken, and a temporary filling is cemented in. The permanent porcelain filling is then manufactured in the laboratory and bonded in a few weeks later.