Below you will find information on the different types of dental fillings available at our dental clinic in London as a treatment for dental decay. Please read about the pros and cons of each of the options — we will be pleased to personally assist you should you have any queries.
What are fillings?
A tooth filling is a dental treatment to fill a hole in the tooth enamel (also known as a “cavity”). Tooth decay causes cavities which need treatment to preserve the tooth, protect from infection and so restore your smile. A dental filling material is applied to the affected tooth by your dentist once the tooth decay is removed and the area cleansed.
The choice of dental filling you may need depends on the size of cavity present in the tooth enamel and dentin and all your tooth filling options will be discussed in detail during your initial consultation at the clinic with a member of our team.
There are a number of filling materials that can be used:
Who is suitable for fillings?
Most patients are suitable for fillings as they are relatively straight forward to undertake and provide long term protection to teeth with a cavity. You might need a filling if you notice your tooth enamel is broken or chipped. Furthermore, if your tooth is particularly sensitive or painful or has any dark spots that you didn’t notice before, this might indicate tooth decay.
It is important that you attend the dentist regularly for check-ups so they can check the health of your teeth and look for tooth decay that could lead to enamel damage and ultimately, a cavity. Undertaking a robust and regular oral hygiene routine (such as brushing and flossing regularly) will help protect against bacterium and decay. Catching tooth decay early can often mean that the enamel doesn’t get damaged and you won’t require a filling.
Our clinical priority is saving teeth wherever possible so we will evaluate the best options for you and discuss them with you in as much detail as you need.
What happens during a dental filling appointment?
Please be advised that tooth decay does not cause pain until it reaches an advanced stage, so the earlier a tooth cavity can be identified the better before deep-reaching tooth decay (possibly requiring root canal treatment) sets in. This is why we encourage all our dental patients to see your dentist for a regular check-up twice a year.
First of all, one of our dental specialists will offer you an initial consultation at our clinic. In order to offer you a comprehensive diagnosis and so outline the optimum dental care plan for your individual case the tooth decay present must be located. We locate the tooth decay by using special lights indicating where it is present in the mouth. If a cavity is then identified, we use our state-of-the-art X-ray technology to ascertain how far the tooth decay has advanced and so how best it can be treated at this stage.
The tooth filling procedure at Wimpole Street Dental Clinic in London:
- You receive a local anaesthesia to numb the entire area before the procedure begins so that you feel no discomfort or pain during the treatment.
- If you did not have a recent dental hygiene appointment the dental plaque is removed and the tooth thoroughly cleaned using a fluoride free pumice
- The tooth decay is identified and located and then removed using small drills before the area is smoothed in preparation to receive the tooth filling.
- We tend to prefer to use a composite filling as they need far less of the tooth substance to be removed before application than silver (amalgam) or gold fillings.
- Your dentist will evaluate your bite and shape of the tooth now filled to ensure your comfort and confidence, smoothing further where necessary.
- In most cases fluoride is placed directly after the procedure to protect the tooth enamel.
- Your dentist will provide you with all the information and advice you need for your aftercare.
A tooth with a black hole indicating a cavity.
The tooth is opened and the decay (brown spot) is removed.
The final composite filling nearly indistinguishable from the original tooth.
A patient with a cracked tooth after a fight.
The missing part of the tooth repaired with a composite filling.
Why is Wimpole Street Dental Clinic best for dental fillings in London?
Getting tooth pain from a broken tooth or spotting tooth decay is never a pleasant experience. Our dental team at Wimpole Street Dental Clinic will always keep you informed about the health of your teeth, what has likely caused it, what treatment is the most suitable option and what you can do in the future to avoid a repeat visit!
We have decades of combined experience performing dental filling treatments as well as expertise in tooth decay detection.
Specifically for tooth filling, we seek to preserve the tooth wherever possible, which is why we select to use composite fillings or inlays for our dental patients.
We are also clear on the advantages and disadvantages of the types of dental filling materials available to ensure you are in receipt of all the clinical information you need to decide upon the best option for you and your smile.
|Prices of dental fillings|
|Composite filling on tooth neck||£600|
|Composite filling (1 surface)||£900|
|Composite filling (2 surfaces)||£1,200|
|Composite filling (3 surfaces)||£250|
|Composite filling |
(complete tooth reconstruction)
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The full amount you pay for your dental fillings varies depending on your personal needs.
Learn more about our cavity treatment provided by the award-winning dental professionals at Wimpole Street Dental Clinic in London and book your appointment today.
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