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What is a filling?

Dental fillings are used when sugar from foods and drinks have caused dental decay. By removing the decay and replacing with a filling your tooth will remain healthy and avoid a potential infection from developing in the nerve, which can lead to an abcess.

Dental decay can normally be easily detected by carrying out a full dental examination and by using small x-rays.

Once you have had your full examination by one of our dentists, they will inform you of any areas of decay and recommend the appropriate treatment plan for you.

We will also focus time on education to avoid new decay from beginning in the mouth in the future.

Dental Amalgam

This material has been around for many years and it is the traditional silver colour that is associated with dental fillings. Amalgam is a strong material however has started to go out of favour due to the colour. It is still a useful material and can be used well in certain circumstances where other materials may not perform as well.

Tooth-Coloured Composite

This is an advanced material that is tooth-coloured and can blend into your tooth so that you wouldn’t even know it is there. It is bonded to the tooth using a special dental bond and therefore can be used in teeth that are heavily broken.

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