Routine fillings in Dorchester
Fillings are nothing to be afraid of nowadays – at St John’s Dental Practice, the procedure is straightforward and stress-free. We offer a range of filling options for patients in Dorchester, from cost-effective amalgam (metal) fillings to cosmetic tooth-coloured fillings – which are virtually indiscernible from your natural teeth. Whichever you choose, you can rest assured that you’ll be in experienced and caring hands at St John’s Dental Practice.
Amalgam fillings are the traditional treatment for cavities and the most cost-effective option available at St John’s Dental Practice. If you’ve decided to have an amalgam filling in Dorchester,, rest assured it’s a very routine procedure that can be carried out comfortably under local anaesthetic. At St John’s Dental Practice, amalgam fillings are available on the NHS. The advantages of amalgam fillings are that they are cheaper than cosmetic white fillings, and usually more durable too.
White fillings in Dorchester
Fed up with your shadowed smile? With the new generation of cosmetic tooth-coloured fillings, you can avoid amalgam fillings altogether for a smile that looks fresh and natural. At St John’s Dental Practice, composite white fillings are the most popular option available – and one of the most cost-effective cosmetic dental treatments around. As well as blending with the surrounding tooth colour, so as to be virtually unnoticeable when you speak or laugh, composite fillings require less drilling than amalgam fillings.
Amalgam fillings are the more traditional silver-metal option. If you don’t want your fillings to show inside your mouth, a white filling, made from a composite resin material that bonds to the natural tooth, is the best option. White fillings can be moulded and then bonded to your tooth, which means less drilling is required, and less of the tooth needs to be removed to place the filling.
No. Fillings are carried out under a local anaesthetic so you won’t feel a thing during treatment, and white fillings require much less drilling than amalgam. If you are at all nervous about having an injection, do let us know so that we can gently help you through the procedure – we have a number of tried and tested techniques at our disposal and lots of experience helping nervous patients.
Some patients experience extra sensitivity for up to three weeks after the treatment, which gradually subsides. For most, though, a filling treatment is very straightforward. The anaesthetic wears off after 1-3 hours and after that you should be able to return to normal activity. Children must be observed until the anaesthesia has completely worn off.
White fillings have an average lifespan of around seven years, though this can be much longer if you follow a good oral hygiene routine at home.
White fillings have the major advantage of being tooth-coloured, so your filling closely matches the colour of your teeth. It’s also a more conservative option, as less of the tooth is removed when placing a composite filling.