What are fillings?
Fillings are a common dental treatment used to repair a cavity that has formed in your tooth or to treat a tooth that has suffered trauma. Tooth cavities are caused by decay where the tooth enamel has softened due to the plaque acids that break down foods and sugars in your mouth attacking your teeth.
A good oral hygiene routine at home and regular dental appointments will help to prevent cavities from forming in your teeth. Should you need a filling, our professional dental team at Blackheath Dental practice offers a free consultation and a range of treatments to help keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy.
What types of fillings are available?
Depending on the extent of tooth decay, location of your tooth and the level of repair needed there are a number of filling options.
Dental amalgam fillings, also known as silver or mercury fillings are available on the NHS and use a metallic compound containing mercury and is the most common type of tooth filling.
Cosmetic white composite fillings are gaining popularity because they match the natural colouring of your individual tooth and are bonded to the original tooth structure. White fillings give a natural appearance and require less upfront tooth preparation than traditional metal fillings making them a less destructive restoration choice.
NHS Dental Costs
Band 2 treatment - £65.2
Additional NHS dental treatment including root canal surgery, fillings or tooth extractions are covered in Band 2 as well as any treatment that falls within Band 1.
Do fillings need to be replaced?
Mercury fillings, available on the NHS, are extremely durable and generally won’t need to be replaced unless the tooth and/or filling has been severely damaged. Amalgam fillings will usually be recommended for your back teeth as they are less visible.
White composite fillings are constructed from a plastic resin that is less durable than dental amalgam fillings so may need to be replaced. The frequency of replacement will depend on your oral hygiene routine at home and the regularity of professional dental checkups.
In the case of a broken filling, you should treat this as a dental emergency to reduce the chances of a bacterial infection affecting the tooth and causing you unnecessary pain. Call the practice immediately.
Achieve professional fillings at Blackheath Dental Parctice
Our highly experience dentists and dental hygienists are trained to offer the very best dental healthcare across the West Midlands. Book a free consultation with the team to learn more about your oral hygiene options before deciding on whether to progress with dental fillings.