Visiting the dentist regularly helps to keep your mouth healthy. If ignored, dental problems can cause discomfort, sometimes leading to severe pain, which could result in expensive treatment. As a practice, we are dedicated to preventive dentistry and will help you to maintain healthy teeth and gums for life.
In instances when problems may occur, we offer our patients effective treatments to restore and enhance your smile.
Our dentists are here to help you get the best natural-looking and healthy smile.
Fillings are one of the most common treatments performed by a dentist and they are used when the tooth has a cavity that needs repair after decay has been removed. Fillings can vary in complexity depending on the damage being repaired and there are two main materials used: white and amalgam (silver).
Amalgam fillings, most commonly known as silver fillings, have been used safely to fill tooth cavities for a long time. They are made up of a mixture of different types of metal, most commonly, tin, copper, zinc, silver and mercury. They are incredibly durable and can last up to 15 years of daily chewing. Amalgam fillings are also the least expensive option, but they are highly visible in the mouth.
White (or cosmetic) fillings are made from a composite material which tends to be made up from finely powdered glass and acrylic resin and when placed, strengthens the tooth. One of the key benefits of a white filling is that it is much more aesthetically pleasing than an amalgam filling. The white colour blends into the natural colour of the tooth and so you can't really tell that the filling is there unless you're looking really hard for it. White fillings also cost more than amalgam fillings and are not available as an NHS treatment.
Both fillings are considered to be safe, and it is a personal choice as to which option is right for you. Amalgam fillings are extremely durable, long-lasting and cost-effective. White fillings cost more and don't last as long as amalgam fillings but they can strengthen the tooth and provide a much more pleasant aesthetic.
As well as amalgam or white fillings, you can have a gold filling which is usually chosen for the way it looks, but also provides the benefit of being extremely durable and just as long lasting as an amalgam filling.
When you come for a filling at Hughes and Owen, you will first be given a local anaesthetic which ensures that you won't feel any discomfort during the treatment.
When the entire area is numb we will begin to remove the decay in the tooth and prepare it for the filling. We will then apply the filling and check that your bite feels comfortable. The filling and tooth will then be polished to complete the treatment.