Fillings

Fillings

Here at Harwood Dental Practice, we understand the importance of a perfect, white smile and that’s why we offer white fillings to our patients.

What are White Fillings?

They are a composite of tooth-coloured resin and glass mixture, used to restore decayed or broken teeth. By using enamel and dentin bonding techniques, white fillings restore teeth that have become damaged as a result of tooth decay or injury. White fillings are used as an alternative to amalgam (silver) fillings, which are aesthetically poor and contain mercury.

How are Teeth Filled with Dental Composite?

After removing plaque, tartar, decay and any existing filling, the treatment site is cleaned and then dried. To aid the bonding, the tooth surface is etched and coated with a gel and bonding solution. Once prepared, the white filling material is placed into the tooth cavity, or area to be filled, and then moulded to match the tooth contours. A curing light is then used to harden the filling before it is trimmed and polished to look like a natural part of your tooth.

What are Direct & Indirect White Fillings?

There are two types of white filling – direct and indirect – and they are based on when the light is used during the curing procedure. Direct white fillings or dental composites are hardened with a curing light after the white filling material is used to fill the cavity, then moulded to match the tooth’s shape. This direct procedure is used for dental treatments such as disguising gaps, tooth-reshaping and fillings.

In the indirect procedure, the white filling material is first cured with light in a lab; before it is placed within the mouth. This method is used more frequently for larger tooth cavities, reshaping, inlays & onlays and partial crowns.

Options Available

During your visit, your dentist will outline the options available to suit your needs and budget, as well as providing you with a bespoke treatment plan. We understand the importance of making our dental care available to everybody – that’s why we offer finance options, to spread the cost of your treatment and monthly plans, to cover the cost of your routine dental care.

For an indication of our prices, visit our treatment fees page or if you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

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IMPORTANT COVID-19 INFORMATION

We're pleased to announce that our practice has now reopened.

Despite this, strict disinfection and compliance guidelines mean that we’re restricted on the number of patients we can see and the type of treatments that we can provide.

We will contact you in due course if; while we were closed your dental treatment was disrupted, you are due a routine appointment or you had an appointment cancelled.

Please still call the practice if you have a dental emergency.

Your visit to us will look different to what you’re used to – please watch the video below for important information regarding your appointment.

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