Fillings at Skye & Lochalsh Surgery
What are fillings?
Fillings serve to treat cavities (holes) in teeth. To fill a cavity either an amalgam (silver coloured metal based filling material) or composite (white, tooth coloured synthetic material) is used. Only amalgam fillings are available under the NHS, unless the filling is used to treat cavities on front teeth, when white fillings will be used and available under the NHS. A small amalgam filling costs approximately £7.76, but can go up to £18.80 depending on the size of the cavity. Amalgam fillings are of silver colour and are visible on the teeth. However, we also offer tooth coloured white fillings but they are not available under the NHS. To read more about our white fillings click here.
What is a cavity?
Cavity, or hole in the tooth, is caused by tooth decay. Sometimes you may not even feel this decay as there might not be any pain, however, the cavity can be still present and requires treatment. As cavities become larger and stay untreated they will cause pain and lead to complications such as infection of the root canal which requires root canal treatment or even the removal of the tooth. Filling is used to prevent such complications from occurring by filling the tooth and not allowing bacteria to enter the root system of the tooth.
Our friendly team is always here to help if you have any questions. Discussion appointments are also free at our dental practice and our dentists will be happy to provide you with advice on how to prevent tooth decay.
At Skye & Lochalsh Dental Practice we provide pain free dental care in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. We are open 9AM to 5PM Monday to Friday. Contact us for advice today.