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.
FAQsWhat 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.
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.
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