FILLINGS Dental fillings are used for fractured, worn-down or decayed teeth. Fillings are sometimes required even if you are not experiencing any pain or discomfort. Therefore, it is important to have regular check-ups to allow our dentists to identify any problems early and address them before they get worse. Why not contact us today to see how we can help.


What filling material will be used?
Common filling materials include:
  • Composite resins: Like porcelain, this filling type is matched to your tooth colour and creates a natural appearance.
  • RMGI (Resin Modified Glass Ionomer): These tooth-coloured fillings are recommended mainly for children and in some instances, for adults, because the treatment is of short duration and easy to tolerate.
  • Amalgam: Amalgam fillings are made from blended materials that resist ‘wear and tear’. They are also budget-friendly and last up to 10 years.

Which is the best filling material?
  • There is not really a best filling material as they all have their advantages and disadvantages. However, if you want something that looks natural and is not very visible, composite is the material for you. In instances where a composite cannot be used, your dentist will suggest an alternative filling material, or possibly suggest making an inlay or onlay. If you are looking for the least expensive filling material, then amalgam is the choice for you.
How do I know if I need a filling?
You may experience any of the following:
  • Sensitivity to cold, hot or sweet things
  • Pain on biting
  • Food trapping between your teeth
  • Feel a hole in your tooth or a sharp/rough patch on a tooth.
It is also important to remember that you can sometimes have a hole or decay in a tooth, without having any of the above signs or symptoms.

Does having a filling hurt?
No. Our dentists will provide local anaesthetic where necessary to ensure you have a comfortable and pain-free experience.

How long does it take to have a filling?
This will depend on the filling material you choose and are advised to have. Amalgam and Glass Ionomer fillings generally are much quicker than composite resin fillings.

Will I get any pain after the filling has been placed?
Generally, you should not experience any pain after fillings are placed. However, it is common to experience some sensitivity to hot or cold things for up to a couple of weeks after fillings are placed. With deep fillings, there are small risks of the tooth causing discomfort if the nerve has been aggravated. However, your dentist will inform you of this if you are having a deep filling.

How long do fillings last?
Amalgam and composite fillings are designed to last many years. Amalgam fillings have been around for decades and are still a widely used excellent filling material, which can lasts over 10 years in the right conditions. The latest composite fillings have been proven to have great longevity too.

How much do fillings cost?
Amalgam fillings start from £60 Glass Ionomer fillings start from £60 Composite fillings start from £70

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COVID-19 Guidance


PRACTICE UPDATE To all our lovely patients. Thank you so much for all your patience and understanding since we were told to close our practice. It has been a difficult time for all, and we hope you and your loved ones are safe and well. We have been available during our normal opening hours for emergency advice and triaging throughout. We were pleased to hear the recent Government announcement that dental practices can reopen from the 8th of June. We have been working very hard to get as close to this date as possible. As we look ahead SAFETY will be the most important element. We will be using the first week to train our staff and update our policies and protocols, as well as continuously sourcing the necessary personal protective equipment. We hope we can open on the 15th of June for emergency assessments for patients who are in Pain, and provide a limited range of treatments.

As the restrictions start to ease we plan to prioritise our patients that had appointments canceled or problems during the lockdown period. It will be a slow transition to routine care and full range of services. You will notice your patient journey will be somewhat different to what you have been used to. We will be using our website, social media and emails to communicate these changes. Please lookout for these updates! Please do not come to the practice without a pre booked appointment.

We very much look forward to seeing you all soon, and getting back to the ‘new norm’

Heybridge Dental Practice 🦷