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The Dental Clinic Radlett

Composite Fillings in Radlett, Hertfordshire

Are cavities or dental decay causing discomfort and affecting your oral health? Uncover the discreet and effective solution with composite fillings in Hertfordshire at The Dental Clinic Radlett.

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Composite Fillings: Preserving Your Natural Smile

At The Dental Clinic Radlett, we prioritise your oral health and believe in preserving as much of your natural, non-decayed tooth structure as possible. Our approach is guided by the principle of minimal intervention, ensuring that when fillings are required, they are administered with precision and care.

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What Are Composite Fillings?

Composite fillings, also known as tooth-coloured or white fillings, are dental restorations used to repair teeth that have been damaged by decay, fractures, or minor structural issues. They are called “composite” fillings because they are composed of a mixture of materials, primarily resin and finely ground glass particles. This blend creates a tooth-coloured filling that closely matches the natural colour and appearance of the patient’s teeth.

What Dental Problems Can Composite Fillings Address?

Composite fillings are a versatile dental restoration option that can address a variety of dental problems, including:

  1. Tooth Decay: Composite fillings are commonly used to treat cavities caused by dental decay. The decayed portion of the tooth is removed, and the composite material is used to fill the resulting void, restoring the tooth’s structure.
  2. Chipped or Broken Teeth: When a tooth is chipped or has a minor fracture, composite fillings can be used to repair the damage, restoring the tooth’s shape and function.
  3. Worn Teeth: Teeth that have been worn down due to grinding (bruxism) or other factors can be built up and restored with composite fillings.
  4. Cosmetic Improvements: Composite fillings can be used for cosmetic purposes to address minor imperfections such as small gaps between teeth or uneven tooth surfaces.
  5. Misshapen Teeth: Teeth that are naturally misshapen or have irregular contours can be reshaped and improved using composite fillings.
  6. Replacing Old Fillings: Composite fillings can replace old, deteriorating, or discoloured amalgam (silver) fillings for a more aesthetically pleasing and natural look.
  7. Sensitive Teeth: In some cases, composite fillings can help reduce tooth sensitivity by sealing exposed dentin or tooth roots.

Opening Hours

  • Monday | 08.30 – 19.30
  • Tuesday | 08.30 – 17.30
  • Wednesday | 08.30 – 17.30
  • Thursday | 08.30 – 17.30
  • Friday | 08.30 – 14.00
  • Saturday | Closed
  • Sunday | Closed

The Advantages of Composite Fillings

Composite fillings offer several advantages that make them a popular choice for dental restorations. Here are some of the key advantages of composite fillings:

  1. Aesthetic Appeal: Composite fillings are tooth-coloured, allowing them to blend seamlessly with the natural colour of your teeth. This aesthetic advantage makes them an excellent choice for visible or front teeth, as they provide a more natural and discreet appearance compared to silver amalgam fillings.
  2. Conservative Treatment: Composite fillings require the removal of less healthy tooth structure compared to amalgam fillings, preserving more of the natural tooth. This conservative approach is beneficial for maintaining tooth strength.
  3. Versatility: Composite fillings can be used to repair both small and large cavities, as well as to restore chipped or broken teeth. They are versatile and suitable for various dental concerns.
  4. Bonding Strength: Composite fillings bond directly to the tooth structure, providing additional support and stability to the tooth. This bonding strength helps to prevent further decay and reinforces the tooth’s integrity.
  5. Less Sensitivity: Patients often experience less post-operative tooth sensitivity with composite fillings compared to other filling materials.
  6. Durability: With proper care and maintenance, composite fillings can be highly durable and long-lasting, offering lasting support to the restored tooth.
  7. No Mercury: Composite fillings do not contain mercury, making them a mercury-free alternative to silver amalgam fillings.
  8. Minimal Temperature Sensitivity: Unlike metal fillings, composite fillings do not expand or contract significantly in response to temperature changes, reducing the risk of tooth fractures.
  9. Cosmetic Improvements: Composite fillings can be used for cosmetic purposes, such as improving the appearance of misshapen or discoloured teeth, contributing to an enhanced smile.
  10. Biocompatibility: Composite fillings are considered biocompatible, meaning they are generally well-tolerated by the body and less likely to cause allergic reactions or sensitivities.

The Process

Here’s a detailed explanation of the process of getting composite fillings:

  1. Diagnosis and Examination: The procedure begins with a thorough examination by our dentist. During this examination, the dentist assesses the condition of your teeth and identifies any cavities or areas of tooth decay that require filling. X-rays may also be taken to provide a more comprehensive view of the extent of the decay. This examination serves as the foundation for determining the treatment plan.
  2. Anaesthesia: Before the filling procedure begins, the dentist may administer a local anaesthetic to ensure your comfort during the treatment. The local anaesthetic numbs the area surrounding the tooth that needs filling, ensuring you experience minimal or no pain during the procedure. This step is particularly important if the tooth is sensitive or if you have concerns about discomfort.
  3. Tooth Preparation: Once the tooth is numb and you are comfortable, the dentist will use dental instruments such as drills or lasers to remove the decayed or damaged portion of the tooth. This process creates a clean and healthy surface for the filling. It’s essential to eliminate all decay to prevent further progression. After removing the decay, the dentist thoroughly cleans and dries the tooth.
  4. Filling Placement: Composite fillings are applied in layers to the prepared tooth. To achieve a seamless and natural appearance, the dentist will select a shade of composite resin that closely matches the colour of your natural teeth. The first layer of composite material is placed directly onto the tooth, and each layer is cured (hardened) using a special dental light. This layering process is repeated until the filling reaches the desired thickness. The dentist sculpts and shapes the composite material during this process to ensure it matches the tooth’s correct shape and bite alignment.
  5. Bonding and Polishing: The composite filling material bonds securely to the tooth’s structure, enhancing its strength and stability. After the filling is in place, your dentist will meticulously polish it to a smooth finish. This step ensures that the filling feels natural in your mouth and blends seamlessly with your surrounding teeth.
  6. Bite Adjustment: To ensure proper alignment of your bite, the dentist will check how your teeth come together when you bite down. Adjustments may be made if necessary to achieve the correct bite. An accurate bite alignment is essential for your comfort and the longevity of the filling.
  7. Final Assessment: The dentist will conduct a final assessment of the composite filling. They will evaluate its appearance, functionality, and overall quality to ensure it meets the required standards. This assessment ensures that the filling effectively restores the tooth’s health and aesthetics.
  8. Post-Operative Care: After the procedure, you may experience some numbness, which will gradually wear off as the local anesthetic dissipates. You can resume your normal activities immediately after the appointment, and there is typically no downtime associated with composite fillings. Regular dental check-ups are essential to monitor the condition of the filling and ensure its long-term success.
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Frequently Asked Questions

How are composite fillings placed?

The placement of composite fillings involves several steps. First, the decay or damaged portion of the tooth is removed. The tooth is then thoroughly cleaned and prepared for the filling. The composite material is applied in layers, and each layer is hardened with a special light. Once the filling is shaped and polished, it blends seamlessly with your natural tooth structure.

Are composite fillings as durable as traditional amalgam fillings?

Yes, composite fillings are highly durable and can withstand normal biting and chewing forces. They are an excellent choice for small to medium-sized cavities and provide long-lasting results. With proper care and regular dental check-ups, composite fillings can serve you well for many years.

Are composite fillings safe and free from mercury?

Yes, composite fillings are mercury-free. Unlike traditional amalgam fillings, which contain mercury, composite fillings are made from a combination of resin and finely ground glass or ceramic particles. They are considered a safe and aesthetically pleasing alternative.

How do I care for my composite fillings?

Caring for your composite fillings is similar to caring for your natural teeth. Maintain good oral hygiene practices by brushing and flossing regularly. Avoid chewing on hard objects, as excessive force can damage the filling. Attend your scheduled dental check-ups for professional cleanings and evaluations to ensure the longevity of your fillings.

Why Choose The Dental Clinic Radlett for Composite Fillings?

Opting for The Dental Clinic Radlett for composite fillings means choosing professional care, affordability, and a refreshed smile.

  1. The Technique-Sensitive Approach: Our dedicated team follows the correct “technique-sensitive” placement procedures when administering fillings. This meticulous approach ensures that the filling is not only aesthetically pleasing but also functional and long-lasting. We take great care to create a restoration that seamlessly blends with your natural tooth, providing both durability and a pleasing appearance.
  2. Expert Dental Care: Our experienced dental team is skilled in providing high-quality dental fillings, ensuring effective treatment and patient satisfaction.
  3. Affordable Pricing: We offer competitive pricing, with dental filling options starting from just £130. We believe in making essential dental care accessible to all.
  4. Advanced Technology: Our clinic is equipped with modern dental technology, allowing for precise and efficient dental filling procedures.
  5. Convenient Location: Located in Radlett, our clinic is easily accessible to residents of Hertfordshire and the surrounding areas, making it convenient for dental visits.
  6. Comprehensive Dental Services: Beyond dental fillings, we offer a wide range of dental services to address all aspects of oral health, ensuring our patients receive comprehensive care.
  7. Patient-Centred Approach: Your comfort and well-being are our top priorities. We strive to create a welcoming and supportive environment for all our patients.
  8. Proven Results: Our track record of successful dental filling procedures and satisfied patients reflects our commitment to excellence.
  9. Preventive Focus: We emphasise preventive dental care, educating patients on maintaining their oral health to reduce the need for extensive dental fillings in the future.
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What Our Patients Are Saying

Barry Shaw
Barry Shaw
2023-11-01
The best care ever here if you are nervous don't be you couldn't be in better hands my wife Sally is extremely nervous and Simon always manages to calm her so she can get the care she needs we have been seeing Simon for many years if he ever moves we will have to as well thank you so much Simon Lilly and everyone else at The Dental Clinic
Natasha Brookner
Natasha Brookner
2023-10-04
Dr Simon Assor is a sheer genius. Empathetic, Professional and a superb dentist. Wouldn’t got anywhere else.
Kevin O'Reilly
Kevin O'Reilly
2023-09-27
Really pleased with the standard of care and professionalism. Maya explained everything throughout. Highly recommend.
Alda Lipe
Alda Lipe
2023-07-22
Excellent service at dental clinic Radlett .Maya removed my daughter’s molar tooth and she made her feel safe and secure .The receptionist is always helpful too. I wouldn’t be happier about their service.
Haeima Khanam
Haeima Khanam
2023-04-25
Excellent Service, Simon is the best dentist and he really makes the children feel at ease and happy to visit the dentist.
Not far In the past
Not far In the past
2023-01-04
After an accident on my bike, I cracked my 3 front teeth. After 2 visits, you would never know I had anything wrong. Maya was extremely caring and thorough and did an excellent job. I am absolutely delighted with the result and the excellent service of the dental clinic.
Bobbie Williams
Bobbie Williams
2022-10-06
Maya is amazing. So good with children my son was so calm and even smiling while she took his bad tooth out. Highly recommend
Justin D
Justin D
2022-07-28
Best dentists and hygienists run by great team and professionals highly recommend
Mel Hancock
Mel Hancock
2022-07-21
I saw Maya to get composite bonding done and I couldn’t be happier! She explained the treatment step by step and felt at ease the whole time - would highly recommend 😊
Nacho Arance
Nacho Arance
2022-06-29
First time going to the dentist after years. Had a checkout, was quite scared but I had Maya as my dentist and all my fears went away quickly. She is so attentive, make so many questions and give me great advice to take care of my dental hygiene from now on. Great visit with a wholesome dentist.

How to Find Us in Hertfordshire

We are conveniently located at 📍359 Watling Street, Radlett, Hertfordshire WD7 7LB📍You can access our expert dental services by car or public transportation with ease.