Dental fillings at Parkhill Dental Practice

Dental Fillings

What is a dental filling?

Dental fillings are used to repair your teeth which are broken, cracked or damaged by tooth caries (decay). It stops bacteria from entering the tooth and causing further damage. A dental filling restores the tooth’s form, aesthetic and function. 

Patients who might need a filling often experience symptoms such as dark spots or holes, tearing floss in a particular place, food being stuck in areas where it did not happen before, sensitivity, and toothache or pain when chewing or biting. You should attend regular check-up appointments as only the dentist is able to detect whether you have a cavity which needs a filling.

Which type of filling is the best?

The kind of filling which might be suitable depends on many factors such as the extent of the damage, whether you have allergies to certain materials, and the cost.

There are a few different kinds of materials that can be used for fillings:

  • Amalgam (silver-coloured) – a mixture of metals, including mercury, silver, tin and copper
  • Composite (tooth-coloured) – made of resin and glass mixture. These are chemically bonded to the tooth and strengthen the weakened tooth structure. They are coloured matched the shade of your teeth
  • Resin Modified Glass Ionomer (RMGI): This type of filling is mostly used for children and elderly patients as it is quick to apply, the process is more tolerable than other filling types, and there is less need for local anaesthetic. An RMGI filling may be tooth-coloured
  • Gold: Gold fillings are compatible and can last for more than 20 years so are extremely hard-wearing. However, this is a more expensive option and requires at least two visits
  • Porcelain: A porcelain filling is also called an inlay or an onlay. They are colour-matched to a patients’ teeth, resistant to staining from food/drink and cover the tooth. They are a similar price to a gold filling

How is the filling carried out?

A filling appointment is relatively quick and is made during one session. Prior to the treatment, you may be given a local anaesthetic to numb the tooth and surrounding area.  Then, your dentist will drill your tooth to remove any decay, leaving a clean surface for the filling to fit into. After this, the filling will be added and shaped. Your dentist will provide you with adequate aftercare.

Why might you thingk about a composite or white filling?

We use highly advanced white filling materials to restore, repair and enhance your smile.

If appearance is a concern for you, you might wish to opt for a highly aesthetic restoration which is in the same shade as your own tooth. This means that other people won’t know that you have a filling at all.

What is the cost of a tooth-shade filling?

There is no fixed cost for a composite filling. It depends on the exact material your dentist is using and the size of the restoration.

The cost will be discussed with you prior to the treatment.

Is a white filling as good as a silver one?

Modern composite materials are exceptionally durable and resilient, providing an excellent aesthetic at the same time.

What is involved in the process of having a composite filling?

The procedure is the same as for any other kind of filling; you will not notice any difference to the process. Prior to the treatment, you may be given a local anaesthetic to numb the tooth and surrounding area.  Then, your dentist will drill your tooth to remove any decay, leaving a clean surface for the filling to fit into. After this, the filling will be added and shaped, and you can leave the surgery straight after.

How should you care for your filling?

You should care for your fillings in the same way you care for your teeth by keeping good oral hygiene, eating healthy and seeing your dentist regularly

white filling, amalgam filling and gold filling
Model of a composite white dental filling
Model of tooth showing dental decay

What is a dental filling?

Dental fillings are used to repair your teeth which are broken, cracked or damaged by tooth caries (decay). It stops bacteria from entering the tooth and causing further damage. A dental filling restores the tooth’s form, aesthetic and function. 

Patients who might need a filling often experience symptoms such as dark spots or holes, tearing floss in a particular place, food being stuck in areas where it did not happen before, sensitivity, and toothache or pain when chewing or biting. You should attend regular check-up appointments as only the dentist is able to detect whether you have a cavity which needs a filling.

Which type of filling is the best?

The kind of filling which might be suitable depends on many factors such as the extent of the damage, whether you have allergies to certain materials, and the cost.

There are a few different kinds of materials that can be used for fillings:

  • Amalgam (silver-coloured) – a mixture of metals, including mercury, silver, tin and copper
  • Composite (tooth-coloured) – made of resin and glass mixture. These are chemically bonded to the tooth and strengthen the weakened tooth structure. They are coloured matched the shade of your teeth
  • Resin Modified Glass Ionomer (RMGI): This type of filling is mostly used for children and elderly patients as it is quick to apply, the process is more tolerable than other filling types, and there is less need for local anaesthetic. An RMGI filling may be tooth-coloured
  • Gold: Gold fillings are compatible and can last for more than 20 years so are extremely hard-wearing. However, this is a more expensive option and requires at least two visits
  • Porcelain: A porcelain filling is also called an inlay or an onlay. They are colour-matched to a patients’ teeth, resistant to staining from food/drink and cover the tooth. They are a similar price to a gold filling

How is the filling carried out?

A filling appointment is relatively quick and is made during one session. Prior to the treatment, you may be given a local anaesthetic to numb the tooth and surrounding area.  Then, your dentist will drill your tooth to remove any decay, leaving a clean surface for the filling to fit into. After this, the filling will be added and shaped. Your dentist will provide you with adequate aftercare.

Why might you thingk about a composite or white filling?

We use highly advanced white filling materials to restore, repair and enhance your smile.

If appearance is a concern for you, you might wish to opt for a highly aesthetic restoration which is in the same shade as your own tooth. This means that other people won’t know that you have a filling at all.

What is the cost of a tooth-shade filling?

There is no fixed cost for a composite filling. It depends on the exact material your dentist is using and the size of the restoration.

The cost will be discussed with you prior to the treatment.

Is a white filling as good as a silver one?

Modern composite materials are exceptionally durable and resilient, providing an excellent aesthetic at the same time.

What is involved in the process of having a composite filling?

The procedure is the same as for any other kind of filling; you will not notice any difference to the process. Prior to the treatment, you may be given a local anaesthetic to numb the tooth and surrounding area.  Then, your dentist will drill your tooth to remove any decay, leaving a clean surface for the filling to fit into. After this, the filling will be added and shaped, and you can leave the surgery straight after.

How should you care for your filling?

You should care for your fillings in the same way you care for your teeth by keeping good oral hygiene, eating healthy and seeing your dentist regularly

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Torquay,
TQ1 2AL,
Devon

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