I had 2 wisdom teeth removal during one appointment and literally didn’t feel any pain or anything unpleasant at all. It’s was such a great experience end-to-end.
There are two main types of filling:
The main difference between the two is that one is placed immediately, and the other is placed on a second appointment. Indirect fillings offer a more durable, better-fitting result at a cost and a slower pace.
“Excellent first experience. Easy to book online, the dentist saw me quickly and finished my cavity filling within 20 minutes. Nice offices with calming music. It was even quite affordable compared to others in the area. Couldn’t be happier, I highly recommend it.”
Andy Shannon, 07/20/2022
In this day and age, there are several dental filling materials for patients to choose from, each with its own set of benefits.
Patients have the choice of gold, porcelain, silver amalgam or tooth-coloured plastic (composite resin fillings).
But how do you know which type is the best for you? Often, it can be down to the patient’s choice.
However, the extent of the decay, cost and our dentist’s recommendations all assist in the decision of finding the best choice for you.
If there’s one thing we understand better than most, it’s that patients like to be educated on the types of treatment available and then, with our recommendation, have the freedom to decide on their course of care.
So, we’ve created the below comparison table to highlight the benefits of each filling type, so you can have a good idea of what to expect before coming in for your appointment.
White fillings are a favoured choice simply because they tend to last for a good period and look more aesthetically pleasing in the mouth.
As our practice is so close to St John’s Wood, Shepherd’s Bush, Kensington, Chalk Farm & Islington, we’re often the first choice for patients needing fast, seamless fixes to everyday oral problems.
It depends on the filling you choose. The longest-lasting fillings are gold and amalgam silver, lasting up to 15 years. Tooth-coloured fillings can last a long time with proper care, however, they are known to have shorter longevity of around 5-10 years.
Undeniably, tooth-coloured, white fillings are the most popular choice for our London patients, for very obvious reasons. However, each filling type has its own benefits, but at the end of the day, the decision tends to boil down to the finished look and aesthetics of the tooth. And as tooth-coloured fillings keep more of the natural tooth intact, they could be considered a better option to preserve as much of the original tooth as possible.
While it's not uncommon for patients to be nervous or fear having a cavity filled, it's not common for the procedure to be painful. You'll likely feel in far worse pain with toothache from dental decay than you would from having the issue rectified.
Many traditional fillings like silver require the tooth's overall structure and shape to be modified to make room for the filling. This ultimately weakens the overall structure of the tooth. However, in cases of tooth-coloured composites, these keep much of the underlying tooth intact compared to their counterparts.
If you have any questions or need any
further information please let us know.