A filling may be needed to repair a decayed or broken tooth, or to replace an old filling.
Having a filling is usually a straightforward procedure and with local anaesthetic, painless.
The choice of filling material depends on its position in the mouth, size and personal choice. Amalgam (silver) fillings have been used for many years and are extremely durable. Their problem is they can be unsightly and can discolour the surrounding tooth.
Increasingly, composite (tooth coloured) fillings are used. They are obviously more aesthetic, however can be more technically difficult to place and potentially don’t last as long as amalgam.
We will discuss with you which type of filling would be best for you.
If the cavity is too large for a normal filling, we can have a composite filling made in the laboratory and bond it in place. We will discuss this with you if appropriate.