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A Guide To

Surgery Process Guide to Dental Fillings

“A lot of factors will determine which filling is most suited to you, including the location of the decay, the extent of the damage caused by the decay, the cost of filling material and your dentist’s recommendation.” – webMD

A dental filling is a procedure used to treat tooth fractures, decay or surfaces of the teeth that have become damaged. Filling materials including composite, porcelain and silver amalgam, and are used to even out the tooth’s surface for improved eating and chewing. 

There are multiple dental filling materials available including; gold, porcelain, silver amalgam (mercury mixed with silver, tin, zinc and copper), or tooth coloured, plastic and glass fillings called composite resin filling.


A local anaesthetic is applied to numb the area around the tooth.


Your dentist will then use a drill, air abrasion instrument or laser to remove the decayed area. 


The dentist will then prep the space for filling, by cleaning the cavity, getting rid of bacteria and debris.


If the decay is located near the root, your dentist may first insert a liner made from glass ionomer, composite resin or other material. This is to protect your nerve. 


If you have been selected to have a tooth-coloured filling, the material will be applied to the area in layers. A light is then applied to harden or set each layer.


The dentist then shapes the material to the desired result, trimming any excess material.


Your dentist will then polish the filling.

Complications / Negligence Signs

Fillings placed in the wrong teeth by your dentist.


Persistent, extreme sensitive teeth after the anaesthetic has worn off.


Failure to clean the cavity adequately resulting in infection.

Allergic reaction to a metal amalgam (silver) filling.

Extreme discomfort following the filling.

Surgical Risks

Excessive bleeding.


A negative reaction to the local anaesthetic. 


If you believe you have suffered at the hands of a negligent dental surgeon, we can help. Call Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors today for impartial advice in confidence. 

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