Tooth fillings

Fillings are one of the most common restorative dental procedures. At Limes Dental Practice we ensure you are aware of your options. We also prioritise your comfort throughout the treatment.


Fillings are a method of maintaining the function, and appearance of a decayed tooth. They improve the structure of the damaged tooth and prevent further decay and damage.

There are several material options for fillings, each with their own pros and cons.

Amalgam fillings

Amalgam is a silver coloured metal – the most traditional choice of filling material. These fillings are very durable and affordable. Though, the colour of these fillings has led patients to seek lighter coloured alternatives. Amalgam fillings contain mercury, although most evidence concludes this mercury is harmless. There is conflicting emerging evidence and better options are now readily available. For this reason the practice is amalgram free.

Gold fillings

This is a particularly strong material. For this reason, gold fillings are often used in the back teeth where strength is important. Cost and waiting times before the restoration can be fitted can make gold restorations prohibitive.

Composite resin fillings

Resin fillings are tooth coloured and better matched to patients' existing teeth. The are bonded into place which can reduce the chance of cusp fracture in back teeth. But, they are more time-consuming to insert, and more expensive than a standard filling.

Glass ionomer fillings

These fillings are also lighter in colour, and stick very well to the damaged tooth. This often enables less removal of the damaged tooth to place the filling. But, in the long term glass ionomer can be less durable than the alternatives. For these reasons it is generally used as a provisional restorative material or in no load bearing areas.


The treatment begins with the painless administration of local anaesthetic to numb the affected area. A dental handpiece is then used to remove decayed tooth, and to prepare the area for the filling. After placement of the filling, it is then shaped to ensure effective functionality.

Frequently asked questions

How long will the treatment take?

Depending upon how many fillings you need, their size, and location, the time required can vary. We usually book patients in for a 30 minute or 1 hour appointment, depending on their needs. We will make you aware of the appointment length before arrangement of the treatment.

Will the treatment hurt?

Due to the use of local anaesthetic, the treatment will be painless. But, the area may be tender and sensitive for the days following the treatment as the area recovers from treatment.

How much does it cost?

White fillings start from £175. We will discuss your options with you before arranging the treatment. We will also provide you with a printed estimate of the fees related to your chosen treatment plan.