Fillings are one of the most basic methods of restoring teeth, usually when they have been damaged by tooth decay.
Your choice of filling
At Battersea Preventive 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.
My dentist explains fully what he is going to do and I have every faith in him, also knowing that it wont hurt.
- Anne Vine
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.
This page was last updated on 17 of July 2011