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Dear Patients,

Following the government’s announcement, we would like to reassure all of our patients that we will remain open and will continue to practice safely with the highest level of disinfection control through this second lockdown, and in line with all clinical and government guidelines. Should advice change from our governing bodies, we will keep you informed.

How you can help keep our Dental Practice safe for all:

                
  • Please come alone (unless there is a need to accompany children or you need a carer).
  • There are floor markers to guide you on social distancing from other patients.
  • Payment by debit or credit card only, please.
  • Please try and arrive as close as possible to your appointment time. You may need to wait outside for a short while to ensure the Practice is fully prepared for your appointment.
  • If you are travelling by public transport, current government guidelines are to wear face coverings.
  • Please do not arrive without an appointment.

 

 We look forward to seeing you soon!

White Filling

What are they?

A filling replaces part of a tooth that has been lost because of decay or accidental damage.

Unlike silver (amalgam) fillings, white fillings stick to teeth so they can be used to repair teeth (especially front teeth) which have been chipped, broken or decayed. They can sometimes be used in back teeth if there is not too much decay or damage.

You will probably hear the dentist talk about ‘composite’ or ‘glass lonomer’ - these are just different types of white filling.

 

What will my dentist do?

 

  •     normally give you a local anaesthetic to numb the area;
  •     remove any decay;
  •     remove some or all of an old filling;
  •     wash and dry the tooth by blowing water and then air   onto it (the dentist will be holding something which   looks like a water pistol);
  •     put the filling material into or onto the tooth and shape   it
  •     harden the filling by pointing a bright light at it, inside your mouth (you will see the dentist and dental nurse protecting their eyes); and
  •     trim and polish the filling.

 

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