When enamel and dentine becomes softened by acid attack by the presence of sugar, dental decay occurs and a cavity is formed. If the cavity isn’t too large a regular filling will suffice once the decay has been removed.
Fillings are restorations of the tooth. There are two main materials that can be used, amalgam (a silver, mercury containing material) or composite (a white cosmetic material).
Although amalgam contains mercury, there is no strong evidence to suggest that this causes any medical issues.
The advantages of a composite, white filling material are that it doesn’t contain mercury and that it can be matched to the colour of the tooth. It also allows less removal of the tooth due to its adhesive nature.
We would like to inform you that due to the COVID-19 outbreak we are currently unable to work as normal following the latest government guidelines.
This is not a decision we have taken lightly but we feel it is our responsibility to protect you, our valued patients, our team and our families. We have taken the difficult decision to cancel all routine exams, treatments and hygiene appointments.
Please do not arrive at the practice unannounced.
We will be maintaining a telephone service for advice and booking emergency appointments. Dental emergencies include:
Severe pain for over 48 hours
Trauma or uncontrolled bleeding
We understand this is inconvenient and it may mean the treatment timelines are extended. We will be able to reconvene normal service once it is safe to do so. If your appointment needs to be postponed, one of the team will be in touch.
For information on managing your toothache at home click here
Thank you for all your support during these uncertain times.
Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you all soon.