Repair A Damaged Tooth and Extend its Lifespan

Our expert team at Burgess & Hyder Dental Group perform high-quality fillings that restore the health of your teeth and deliver long-lasting results.

What are Fillings?

Fillings are restorative dental treatments for repairing cracked, broken or worn teeth. They are most often used to fill a cavity, which is a decayed part of the tooth that causes a hole to form.

A tooth starts to decay as a result of a buildup of bacteria and sugars on the teeth that create a film of plaque. Natural minerals in the saliva work to prevent this occurrence and protect the teeth enamel. However, if plaque remains then it releases acids that destroy the minerals in the tooth enamel and leads to the formation of a cavity.

You may need a filling for a number of reasons:

  • Tooth decay.
  • If a tooth has become fractured due to factors such as age, a sporting injury or an accident.
  • Teeth have become worn down from use or grinding.
  • To aid with structure.

Fillings can be made from a number of different materials. These include:


This material is made up of several metals to create a very strong filling option ideal for teeth positioned in the rear of the mouth, where chewing takes place. However, they can not be made to match the colour of natural teeth so are more noticeable than composite fillings.


Made up of a combination of glass or quartz filler, this material can be very closely colour-matched with the tooth. These are durable but not as much as metals, so are best for areas of the mouth that are not used for heavy chewing.

Filling Procedures at Burgess & Hyder Dental Group

At Burgess & Hyder Dental Group, fillings are provided as an NHS service. Here’s what is involved:


First, the dentist will numb the area using a local anesthetic so that you don’t feel pain.


Next, they will remove the decayed portion of the tooth, then clean and prepare the site for the filling.


They will then insert the filling and finish and polish it.

How to Care for Your Filling

The following steps can help to ensure the long-term success of your filling:

You may need a filling for a number of reasons:

  • Maintain good daily hygiene practices, which includes brushing and flossing teeth twice every day.
  • Monitor your oral health and if you notice any cracks or areas of wear in the filling please book an appointment to see us.
  • Visit your dentist regularly for exams and cleaning.