What Are Fillings?

A filling Is a material that is placed onto the tooth to restore the tooth to bring it back to the normal shape and function. A filling is needed when the tooth has decay, has fractured, chipped or worn down.

In our clinic, we provide composite fillings that are the same colour as your natural teeth and are more cosmetically appealing compared to amalgam (metal) fillings.

What Happens During The Procedure?

During the procedure the dentist may give you the option to use anaesthetic to numb the area up so you are more comfortable, the dentist will then make sure there is no bacteria or decay by drilling the tooth. Once the dentist has removed all the decay, the tooth will be shaped and prepped for a filling.

Once the tooth is ready for a filling, the dentist will wash, dry and bond the tooth, the tooth will be filled with a soft composite, it will then be set with a blue light to make the composite go hard. Now that the tooth is filled, the dentist will make sure it is comfortable by adjusting any rough or high spots.

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What Are The Benefits Of Having A Filling?

The main benefit of having a dental filling is to prevent decay from progressing and going into the nerve of the tooth and causing an infection and extreme pain.

How Long Does A Filling Last?

Depending on how big the filling is they can last up to 5-10 years or more. If the filling is quite large and there is less tooth structure then it may not last as long compared to a small filling with lots of tooth structure. If you eat a lot of hard/ crunchy foods then this may affect longevity (can break fill)

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How Much Does It Cost?

The cost of a filling will depend on the size of the cavity.

The dentist can give you an accurate cost upon examination of the tooth.

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Page Author: Dr Sheetal Patel

Principal Dentist

Dr Sheetal Patel has been working at Caring Dental team and servicing the local community since 2009. In 2017, she has taken over the practice as the principal dentist from Dr Allan Taw.

Dr Sheetal Patel is well-known for her gentle and caring approach. Dr Patel has over 10 years’ experience in all aspects of general dentistry.

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