Dental fillings are used to restore missing tooth structure by filling the cavity (hole). Cavities are the result of tooth decay but other causes include cracked or broken teeth, or teeth that have been damaged by nail-biting, tooth grinding or by another form of trauma. Typically, at our Dental Centres, we will remove the decayed part of your tooth and then fill the area with the most suitable filling material.
Dental restorations can be divided into two main kinds, one is direct restoration and the other is indirect restoration.
- Direct restoration
- Indirect Restoration
The direct restoration is performed in surgery by the dentist. The types of fillings you can have are amalgam dental fillings, white fillings such as composite resin or glass ionomer material is used.
Amalgam fillings bear further tooth to be prepared as they need mechanical retention in the tooth.
They’re useful in numerous situations and are very robust. White fillings require less tooth to be prepared as they bond to the teeth. They’re more aesthetic but less robust than the blend fillings.
However, this is generally not available on the NHS and may incur an independent fee, If you require aesthetic fillings. Please ask the dentist for further information.
Indirect restoration are usually crowns, bridges and veneers which are lab made restorations.
Fillings, regardless of colour, are not indestructible.
They can fall out, crack or leak, especially if decay develops around them.
The good news is that we can repair your fillings in all these cases.
Ask our dentists for expert advice on all these issues.