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15-60 mins

What are Fillings?

Not all tooth decay can be seen by the naked eye. There may not be any pain or even discomfort, until it deteriorates and becomes much deeper and larger. In order to avoid needing fillings, it is important to come and see us regularly so that all surfaces of your teeth can be checked and any decay picked up early.

At Oak Hill Dental, we want to help form a firm dental routine into your day, so you develop a love for looking after your teeth rather than avoiding it.

Dental decay occurs due to the presence of acid on the tooth surface. This acid arises when some form of sugar is introduced into your mouth. If the tooth surface is not cleaned properly, there will be a higher number of bacteria on your tooth in the form of plaque. If you have sugar too frequently in the day, over a period of time, this will cause holes to form in your teeth. In the event that dental cavity does occur, we can repair the tooth surface that has been lost with a dental filling.

Dental fillings come in a variety of materials and the goal is to place a long-lasting, most effective restoration in your mouth. Sometimes, interim fillings can be placed between dental visits or at emergency appointments to make you more comfortable until your next visit.

Some fillings can be placed, by modelling the material directly in your tooth at your appointment, whereas others can be made at a lab and subsequently cemented in place at a different appointment. These are known as inlays or onlays.

At Oak Hill Dental, there are two main filling materials we use routinely, amalgam (the traditional silver filling) and composite resin (cosmetic tooth coloured fillings).

How are the fillings carried out?

When you visit us for your filling, firstly, we will discuss which filling is to be placed and make sure you are comfortable. Then anaesthetic will be used to numb the tooth and gum appropriately to ensure the treatment is as comfortable as possible for you. The decayed tooth surface or previous filling will then be removed and the tooth washed.

For a metal filling, this will then be placed into the area and carved. We would normally advise to avoid eating on the tooth for the remainder of the day to allow it to reach full strength prior to any force being placed on it.

For a composite filling, the tooth is first prepared and an adhesive is used to allow the filling to adhere to the tooth. The filling is then layered onto the tooth surface to the appropriate shape and size. A blue light is used to set the material immediately, so there is no need to wait all day before biting on the tooth, you would just have to wait until the numbness wears off!

For more information, or to enquire in for one of these,
please contact the team on 020 3146 2123

Need an Emergency Filling?

Call us to enquire a same-day Dental Appointment. 02031462123.

Frequently Asked Questions

Fillings can wear down over time and require replacement. If you have a filling that has broken, it may require replacement. Please call us to arrange an appointment to have your broken filling checked and treated.

When there is decay in a tooth, it requires cleaning and for a filling to rebuild the tooth. Sometimes the nerve in the tooth can become irritated following a filling, especially if the decay is deep. The easiest way to treat this is to use desensitising paste over the tooth. Rub a small pea sized amount onto the tooth and leave it in place overnight.

If the pain becomes constant, is worse with hot drinks or keeps you awake at night, you might require further treatment in the tooth, such as a root canal filling.

This involves having a small injection to get the tooth numb. Following on from this, there is a short period of cleaning the tooth with a drill and then rebuilding the tooth with a silver or white filling.

Fillings can take 15-60 minutes to complete.

Much the same way as you look after your normal teeth. Brush and floss well around them to ensure any food debris is removed. This will prevent further decay developing around your teeth.

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Amir K
Amir K
The staff at this practice are unparalleled! The most friendly and helpful staff I have ever had the experience of dealing with at a dental practice. Rahana and Usman have not only saved the day countless times for me personally, but are always such a joy to interact with. Thank you for making the dental experience so much better!
Patricia Paraschiv
Patricia Paraschiv
I am thrilled to express my immense gratitude for the exceptional care provided by Dr. orthodontist Suhaym Mubeen. The level of dedication, compassion, and professionalism exhibited by him surpasses all expectations. Dr. Suhaym's approach is marked by thoroughness, thoughtfulness, and meticulousness. His genuine concern for his patients is unparalleled. As a perfectionist, I greatly appreciated his unwavering attention to detail throughout my two-year treatment. His passion for his chosen profession is evident, and his involvement and care were nothing short of outstanding. One of the aspects that truly sets Dr. Suhaym apart is his willingness to take the time to explain each step of the treatment process, ensuring that I understood the purpose and benefits of every decision made. His explanations helped me make well-informed choices for my long-term oral health, instilling confidence and trust in his expertise. Every visit to Dr. Suhaym's office was a joyful experience, thanks not only to the exceptional services he provides but also to his exceptional team of colleagues, including the hygienists and general dentistry practitioners. The reception staff deserves a special mention for their friendliness, professionalism, and ability to create a welcoming and enjoyable atmosphere. I consider myself incredibly fortunate to be a patient of this outstanding practice. In summary, there are simply not enough words of thanks to adequately convey my gratitude to Dr. Suhaym Mubeen. His level of care, commitment, and professionalism is truly second to none. I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone in search of an orthodontist who will go above and beyond to provide an exceptional experience and deliver outstanding results.
Oliver L
Oliver L
Went to Oak Hill dental pratice to have my wisdom tooth removed, this was my first tooth extraction however Dr Ali was very empathetic, alivated any nerves I had and was very quick with the procedure. Highly recommended!
Will Hooper
Will Hooper
Just finished my final Invisalign session with orthodontist Suhaym Mubeen and felt compelled to leave a review after the incredible service I've received from him and his team over the past year. His diligence and attention to detail has been amazing and I am beyond happy with the results. He works and communicates with great clarity and care. And whilst he conducts himself very professionally, he does so with a warm, friendly energy that has honestly made the whole experience really nice. What a legend.
alan croucher
alan croucher
I received first class treatment from Dr. Ali. Dental treatment is never a pleasure but the process of installing an implant was virtually painless and the procedure was competently conducted.
sumayya choudry
sumayya choudry
Fantastic dentist practice. Ive had wisdom teeth problems for over 4 years and recently had a coronectomy on both sides at a NHS hospital near me. One side would not heal and I was in constant pain, I was told for 6 months that it has healed and the pain is jaw related and I should just continue with pain killers. I sent the photos and x-rays to Dr Ali and he was more than happy to walk me through what needed to be done and spent time listening to me and was genuinely interested in helping (and not in it for a profit as I've had in other private practices). I am now pain free after months of constant pain, and I am so grateful to Dr Ali and his team for their help.
Androulla Kilikita
Androulla Kilikita
5 star implant done at oakhill dental practice, very pleased, but a bit more expensive as I needed a bone graft
Jose Martin
Jose Martin
Always easy peasy
tony sobers
tony sobers
It took seven weeks to go from smashed front teeth to veneers and a perfect smile thanks to Dr Ali and the team at Oak Hill Dental Practice. Eight weeks before my wedding I fell and suffered serious damage to my face and teeth. Over the following weeks and a series of appointments Dr Ali set about repairing the damage, each session gave me more hope that I’d have a toothy grin for my wedding photos. Dr Ali and the team were totally supportive and reassuring during the treatment. And the result of the dental work was amazing, I had to tell people I’d had an injury, they wouldn’t have known otherwise. I’m loathed to change dentists and despite moving away from the area I stayed with Oak Hill as I know they are great, that confidence paid off. I can thoroughly recommend the entire team at Oak Hill Dental Practice, you’ll be in good hands
Mike Bliss
Mike Bliss
After recently finishing a series of dental treatments, leading to the fitting of a new implant and two replacement crowns for my front teeth, I have nothing but the highest praise for the team at the Oak Hill Dental & Implant Centre. After the initial consultation, assessment, and CT scan - which revealed insufficient bone to take an implant - Dr Moshin Ali drafted an impressive four-phase plan which was described to me clearly and professionally and in a manner that put me completely at ease. The most daunting procedures - including both bone and gum grafting surgeries - went extremely well, and the aftercare was excellent with follow up calls from the doctor's reassuringly calm and efficient assistant, Mihaela. As we came towards the end of the treatments Moshin took a great deal of time and care to achieve a very natural look and I am delighted with the results. Kudos also to Steve and the other receptionists who are always most welcoming, patient and helpful when you arrive or call. I have no hesitation in recommending this practise. Thank you so much!
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