Fillings are one of the most common dental procedures and can be used to both repair damage and improve cosmetic appearance. They are not just used to treat decay but can also repair cracks and wear on teeth from grinding.

What filling materials are available?

For over 150 years standard fillings have been made out of a silver material called ‘amalgam’. This is considered one of the strongest and longest lasting materials for fillings. However, many people find it unattractive and seek an alternative option.

At Sharrow Vale Dental Care we create tooth coloured fillings with excellent function and aesthetics. We use layering techniques for our composite restorations to mimic natural tooth structure, shade and light reflection. In most cases, it is not possible to see that the tooth has a filling. These white fillings bond to the teeth to prevent breakages and they are quick and affordable.

Other filling materials are available such as gold, ceramic or glass ionomer and you can discuss your options in detail with your dentist.

How a filling is done?

The first stage in the dental filling process is to numb the area around the tooth using a local anaesthetic. This will prevent you feeling any pain whilst the procedure is carried out. Next, using dental tools, we will remove decay and/or fix the damaged area, then add a strong, tooth like, composite material and shape it to match surrounding teeth. The procedure typically takes around 30 minutes in total.

To find out more about dental fillings, or to book an appointment at Sharrow Vale Dental Care, call 0114 2686076, email or send us a message using our online contact form.