Fillings have been used for a number of years as an effective method of restoring teeth. Fillings can help to protect a tooth from further damage – if the tooth is left untreated it may well need to be removed at a later date. Our dentists will provide patients with advice as to when and if they may require a filling.
Traditional fillings were silver in colour and made from amalgam. These fillings were fairly noticeable for patients and many felt self-conscious when smiling or laughing, but new style tooth-coloured fillings have created a practical solution for this problem. The latest technologies have helped to create white or tooth coloured fillings which are strong and long lasting, as they feature properties which are very similar to amalgam.
If your dentist has advised that you need to have a filling, they will firstly apply a local anaesthetic to numb the area. Next, any decay and debris will be painlessly removed from the tooth, before the area is lined to protect the nerve. The space will then be filled with the appropriate material. Finally, the dentist will use burs to polish the tooth to provide a comfortable finish.
To find out more about fillings or if you need to see a dentist to have a filling, please give our practice a call on 020 8108 7424 to make an appointment.