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Fillings

If you have tooth decay or damage, we can help restore the affected tooth’s structure and functionality with an expertly placed filling. We provide durable, cost-effective amalgam fillings or less noticeable composite fillings to blend in with your teeth.

Amalgam fillings

Amalgam fillings are made from a mixture of metals including tin, copper, silver and mercury, and though the addition of mercury has attracted some controversy, numerous scientific studies have found no related adverse health effects. However, an alternative type of filling material would be used for those patients who have an allergy to any of the metals within the amalgam and would also be recommended for women who require treatment while pregnant.

Benefits

  • Extremely hard wearing
  • Quicker to place than composite fillings
  • An affordable option

How is an amalgam filling placed?

  • We numb the area to be treated with a local anaesthetic and remove the decayed area of tooth.
  • We mix the amalgam and place it carefully in the tooth to ensure the cavity is completely filled.
  • We shape the amalgam and, once hardened, we may smooth it a little so it feels comfortable.

Composite fillings

As well as supporting the structure of a damaged tooth, helping to prevent further breakage or sensitivity, composite fillings offer a natural looking alternative to more noticeable amalgam fillings. Though considered less durable than amalgam, composite fillings do offer a more aesthetic option and are now made from more resilient materials. However, their longevity will depend on the depth of the cavity to be filled and its position in the mouth.

Benefits

  • They offer an unnoticeable repair
  • Modern materials mean they can provide a durable solution
  • Less of the tooth needs to be removed prior to filling

How is a composite filling placed?

  • Following removal of the decayed part of the tooth, under local anaesthetic, we apply an acidic gel to encourage more effective bonding.
  • After washing and drying the tooth, we apply a priming agent.
  • We layer the colour matched composite on to the tooth and then mould the resin to match its shape.
  • We use a bright light to harden the resin and finally polish the filling.

Aftercare

To prevent decay from forming in or around an amalgam or composite filling, it is important to brush at least twice a day, floss between teeth and see your dentist for regular check-ups.

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