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Fillings help to restore your teeth to their normal shape and function. If you find yourself needing a filling you can be certain that it will be done with gentle care and expertise.


A problem area may be detected in your routine check-up and early treatment may make it less invasive and more affordable.

You may also experience some of the common signs indicating you may need a filling;

  • Sensitivity of the tooth to cold or sugary foods

  • Toothache or pain, in or near the tooth

  • A hole in the tooth that is visible to see or feel

What you need to know

The Process

We will ensure your comfort by using a local anaesthetic to numb the tooth and area around it and confirm with you that you can’t feel anything before working to remove the decay. Once the tooth is prepared, we will restore it with a material that has been discussed with you prior to treatment.

Types of Filling Material

The type of filling material used to restore your tooth will depend on the extent of the decay, location of the tooth and with consideration of your personal preference.

  • AMALGAM - What is typically known as a ‘silver filling’ this filling material is a combination of silver, tin, copper and mercury. The strength of amalgam fillings often means they are the most suitable option for larger fillings and can be lower cost and easier to place. Amalgam has been used safely in dentistry for many years and still has its use today.

  • COMPOSITE FILLING - With their natural tooth colouring, composite fillings tend to be the most popular choice for restorations. These are a strong option that can be matched as closely as possible to your tooth colour and will often be used to replace stained, chipped or leaking fillings.

  • GOLD FILLINGS - Gold fillings (or inlays) are very strong, durable and don’t corrode. Placing a gold inlay is a two-stage procedure, so this treatment is more expensive than a standard restoration. 

The length of your appointment for a filling will depend on the size of the filling, type of the filling and if you are getting one filling or multiple fillings. Usually, an appointment for fillings will take between 30-40 minutes, but can be up to 1-2 hours for multiple fillings.

Following the appointment, you will be advised to be cautious of what you eat and drink until the numbness wears off and you will receive advice on what to do to aid longevity of the filling.

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