Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice

The Government has recently advised the public to stay at home, and for dentists to avoid aerosol-generating treatments. In practical terms, this is most of the things that we would do. In view of this, we are cancelling all routine check-up and treatment appointments for the foreseeable future.

We are operating on an emergency-only basis on weekday mornings. Without high-protection PPE, this does put our staff and patients at some degree of risk.

If you have an urgent need for treatment and no-one in your household is symptomatic, please call 01784 253140 as early as possible in the morning for us to triage you and offer advice or an appointment if necessary.

Filling

Tooth decay (also called caries) is one of the most common dental problems especially in younger people and the elderly.

It is caused by sugars in food or drink being used as foods by bacteria in the plaque on the teeth which produces acids as waste products. This acid softens the tooth surface and so as they grow, the bacteria invade into the tooth.

If left untreated, the decay will gradually spread further and further through the tooth eventually leading to the tooth nerve dying off or the tooth breaking.

To treat decay in a tooth, a dentist must remove the infected tooth tissue. Once this is done, a filling material is placed to restore the shape back to the original as closely as possible. There are several different materials which can be used and each has some advantages. The dentist will often discuss what would be best in each situation.

The more decay there was, the larger the filling needs to be and consequently, the greater the risk of post-operative sensitivity or other problems.

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