Fillings are used to repair teeth that have cavities and small holes which appear on the surface of the teeth. Cavities can look unattractive, but they also enable bacteria to enter the tooth and there is a risk of infection spreading to other parts of the tooth, including the pulp chamber, which contains the nerves and blood vessels. Fillings help to prevent the spread of infection, as well as making the tooth look more attractive whilst improving tooth function.
Fitting a filling is a relatively straightforward process and it’s nothing to be worried about. We numb the tooth using local anaesthetic before the filling is placed and this ensures that you don’t feel a thing during the procedure. Before the filling is placed, the cavity is cleaned to remove bacteria and the decayed tissue is removed; bonding material is then applied layer by layer into the cavity until the hole is full and the composite is then set using a curing light. Placing a filling doesn’t take long and once the effects of the local anaesthetic wear off your tooth will feel completely normal. As the composite is matched to the shade of your natural teeth, it will not be possible to notice the filling when you smile.
We offer new white fillings and we can also replace existing silver amalgam fillings with aesthetically pleasing composite fillings.