White Fillings in Mill Hill East, North London
Discreet composite fillings
When you have cavities in your teeth, they tend to get much worse over time. Worse still, if bacteria get into them, these cavities can cause you a lot of pain and you’ll be at risk of losing your tooth entirely.
Dentists use fillings to effectively repair these cavities - protecting your teeth from infection and loss. To do this, your dentist will first remove all of the bacteria from the cavity. Then, they will refill and seal the hole with a tooth-like material called a dental filling.
Before modern dentistry, anyone unlucky enough to have cavities in their teeth would likely be in constant pain to the point that it needed to be removed. Composite fillings effectively seal off your tooth from harmful bacteria and protect against increased sensitivity, meaning you can continue to use the tooth comfortably for many years to come.
At Portner Pittack in Mill Hill East, we have a highly qualified team of professional dentists and dental assistants, all experienced in successful white filling treatment delivery.
Your white filling appointment at our North London practice
If you have a cavity in your tooth, you’ll need to come in for a filling appointment at our practice in Mill Hill East. We use a substance known as a composite filling - you may have also heard it be called a white filling.
The composite filling is a tooth coloured mixture of plastic and glass. These fillings are often preferred over the more traditional silver fillings as they are much less noticeable in the mouth when you smile or speak.
When you come in for your filling appointment, our highly-trained dental team will do everything they can to make sure you feel comfortable throughout the procedure.
The first thing your dentist will do is prepare you and your tooth for the composite filling. Sometimes a tooth will need work done before the cavity can be filled, such as lining an exposed part of the tooth to stop it hurting in the future.
If you’re nervous about getting a white filling, there is no need to worry. Our dentists are all experienced in keeping worried patients calm throughout their procedure. With a composite filling procedure, your dentist will first gently administer an anaesthetic near the affected tooth before they start.
This will stop you from feeling any sharp pains. If you are particularly worried about this part, we can even use a numbing gel before giving you the anaesthetic.
Once prepared, your dentist will professionally clean the cavity of any bacteria that may be lingering. Then, they will use a special liquid on the tooth to roughen up the area a little to allow the composite filling resin to bond strongly to the tooth. Then, once your tooth is dried, they can apply a small amount of priming and bonding agent to the cavity.
After this, the composite filling resin will be placed inside your tooth. Your dentist will carefully smooth this down to make sure there are no air bubbles or bumps. They will then shine a special blue lamp on the tooth which allows the composite filling to harden.
When this is complete, the filling should feel the same as any normal tooth. They may need to use the blue light more than once if the cavity was particularly deep.
If the cavity that needs to be filled is between two teeth, they will use something called a matrix band to help build the wall of the tooth back up. Once the white filling is done, your dentist will then place a wedge between the teeth to stop food from becoming trapped when you eat.
Then, your dentist will do one more check to make sure your filing is in the right place. If it is too high up in the mouth, the dentist will simply ask you to bite down on some articulating paper - this allows them to smooth down any bumps with a special tool known as a polishing bur.
After the procedure, your composite filling will be complete and you can go back to using your teeth just as before the cavity appeared.
White filling appointments with Portner Pittack in Mill Hill East
If you have a tooth cavity, composite fillings are the most effective way of making sure your tooth does not become more damaged. White fillings are also extremely discreet, meaning no one will even be able to tell it is there.
To make an appointment for your filling with our expert dental team, please call us on 020 8349 3924, fill out the enquiry form below, or visit us at our practice in Mill Hill East, North London.
The Portner Pittack surgery is located in Thornfield Court, just a short walk to both the Mill Hill East underground and Finchley Central Station.