Fillings

Fillings are one of the most basic methods of restoring teeth, usually when they have been damaged by tooth decay.

At Tetbury Dental Practice, we offer both tooth-coloured (white) fillings, which are virtually invisible, and the traditional grey amalgam ones. Many people prefer the tooth-coloured (white) ones simply because they look so much better, but these are not always available on the NHS.

We normally numb the tooth and the surrounding area with a local anaesthetic. Once numb, we will drill the decayed material from the tooth, and will then fill the hole with either amalgam (metal) or tooth-coloured material.

We will then shape the filling so it does not interfere with the way you bite and chew. For tooth-coloured fillings, the shaping also helps the tooth to look as realistic as possible.

Information about different filling materials can be found on the British Dental Health Foundation's website.

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