Tooth Fillings Liverpool
Fix Tooth Decay for a Beautiful Smile

Tooth Filling

Sometimes teeth crack or get damaged.  This can be because of tooth decay, grinding or trauma.  Usually on the back teeth the reason is tooth decay or fractures caused by biting and chewing.  This is where tiny fissures in the teeth allow bacterial into the tooth and this damages its internal structures.  Dental filling material can be used to block these fissures and cracks to repair the damage.  Sometimes if this decay is left untreated the bacteria creates acids and harmful by-products that can literally eat away at the tooth causing cavities or holes in your teeth.

 

 

Dental fillings are a very common procedure and patients can choose from a variety of different materials.  In the past fillings were made of precious metals like gold and silver or a substance called amalgam.  The problem with using these materials is that they don’t look like natural teeth and can be seen when you laugh, smile or eat and some patients want white fillings that are more subtle and look just like your natural teeth.

 

visible amalgam fillings

 

 

Sometimes people need fillings on their front (anterior teeth) and these will typically be made of white filling materials to give you the best aesthetic outcome.  Consult with your dentist or dental hygiene therapist to find out the best course of treatment for you bearing in mind the aesthetic outcome, health benefits and any other concerns you might have.  Our dentists and hygiene therapists are obsessed with listening to precisely what you want and getting you the result that makes you feel great every day.

 
 

Here’s what it’s like to be a patient at Smileworks:

 

 
 

Easily the best dentist appointment I've had. I was recommended to go by a friend who couldn't have spoken more highly of them. The facilities are top notch, service friendly and comforting. The staff were great. The treatment was thorough, honest and well explained. First class (excuse the airline pun...you'll see why!)
Adam Samy
Adam Samy
19:10 01 Jun 17
I found Smileworks after looking online for the best specialist orthodontist, and after several visits now, I do believe that they live up to the hype! Every visit has been a pleasure, with the excellent reception always offering a warm and hearty welcome. Due to the severity of problems with my teeth, my treatment plan is extensive and means that despite being early days, I have met with and been treated by a range of the staff here; I can confirm that they're all fantastic and incredibly thorough - everything is explained in detail and nothing is ever rushed. I should also thank Paula (and her assistant whose name I've forgotten - sorry!) yesterday for cleaning the insides of my teeth so thoroughly when I don't even think it was necessarily part of the appointment (the appointment was for a filling). I look forward to continued excellent care from Smileworks and can't wait to get my braces on! Cheers guys!
Michael Kelly
Michael Kelly
08:04 14 Apr 17
Absolutely great find. Friendly staff and MJ who treated me was professional, reassuring and positively fantastic about what my needs were and what I was looking for. There was no pressure on anything and she spoke in depth about full details on every procedure without any rush in me in making an option. I will definitely be visiting again. Thank you once again!
Samina Mubarak
Samina Mubarak
20:02 06 May 17
Absolutely excellent service. All the staff are friendly and make sure all your treatment options are fully explained. Don't do anything unless your 100% sure of all that's available. Shiron made sure my treatment was the absolute best it could be.
Keith Chellew
Keith Chellew
18:41 24 May 17
I had dental work and a procedure on my top lip. I was really nervous on my first visit but the staff are truly lovely and put me at ease straight away. I loved the quirkiness of the waiting room- very different from any dentist/doctors waiting room I've been in. The treatment rooms are very clean, love the design and layout. I also loved the patients photo smiles on the wall!! straight away I relaxed and I could feel the friendliness of the staff. MJ really listened to my fears and listened to what I required, she understood completely my views and the treatment I received was given exactly as I requested!! They really want to help you and they're interested in what you have to say - they love their job!!! I've made a follow up visit and will continue to use them. I've also recommended Smileworks to my friends and will continue to do so.
Nicci Richards
Nicci Richards
20:11 26 Feb 17
I went to Smileworks to have the composite reconstructions on my two front teeth replaced as well as my teeth whitened. On my first appointment with M.J I was given detailed explanations of what these processes involved, which not only eased my apprehensions but stood out from all the previous dentists I had visited. The teeth whitening took approximately two weeks, after which I had the most amazing reconstruction done on my front teeth by Dr Billal Arshad, including a flawless colour match to my newly whitened teeth. The treatment I received was incredible and the end results speak for themselves, I have had numerous people within the fist week comment on how incredible my teeth look. To all the staff at Smileworks I say thank you so much, you have made me a very happy customer.
David Birtles
David Birtles
11:55 26 Jul 17
The staff at Smileworks are fantastic, very welcoming and accommodating. They are always happy to go the extra mile to help you. I had fast braces and 1ml lip filler, i absolutely love the result. Would 100% recommend to anyone looking to get braces or facial aesthetics, they really listen to what you want and combined with their professional knowledge you achieve the perfect result.
Kerry Browne
Kerry Browne
10:46 27 Jul 17
I received my Spmu eyeliner treatment today at Smileworks. I am completely over the moon with the results and would highly recommend the treatment. The clinic itself it just wonderful really clean, fresh and highly professional. My therapist was Hannah Taffe who was extremely knowledgeable, but also so warm and welcoming and put me completely at ease. The treatment was really relaxing and didn't hurt one bit. So very impressed and will certainly be back. Next time I will be booking in to see an orthodontist. Huge thanks to Hannah you really are just fabulous. Sarah Bell xx
SARAH BELL
SARAH BELL
18:10 05 Aug 17
Visited smileworks Saturday, place is amazing everyone was really welcoming and friendly. I was given all the answers to any questions i had before I even asked them!. Hannah was fantastic she gave me a full consultation. I am really happy with the outcome. I will be visiting smileworks in the future.
Laura Harte
Laura Harte
18:39 07 Aug 17
The most welcoming and friendly staff I have ever experienced anywhere, let alone a dentist. I felt in safe hands from the get-go and was so happy with the staff arranging appointments for me even outside of the practice. The creative and clever practice design (airplane) topped the fun experience off! Thanks MJ, Georgiana and Heloise.
Sean Donohue
Sean Donohue
22:03 03 Sep 17
Had my fast braces fitted at Smileworks at the beginning of the year and recently had my lips done, MJ and the team are Lovely! Always a Friendly and professional service! Perfect opening hours which work around my job. Highly recommend! 😀
Elle Benson
Elle Benson
13:25 05 Sep 17
I did went Saturday morning as an emergency customer. No previous contact with them in the past. I was extremely happy of what I found. The place itself & location is great. But even better the staff; They were very understanding and helpful. MJ who finally attend my case did work the extra mile (and extra time too :)) so later than 17:30 Sat. Quick/Nice/Effective & Reliable. So far the best dental clinic I have been. Definitively I will recommend & use them again.
FERNANDO
FERNANDO
13:30 03 Oct 17
After breaking a tooth whilst away in Liverpool, I googled local dentist and called the first number in the list. Smileworks offered me an A1 service and managed to temporary fix my tooth until I returned home allowing me to continue my few days away. Not only was the cost very reasonable for an emergency appointment their practice is the funkiest I’ve ever seen. The dental staff were all fantastic too, I couldn’t have asked for more. Just gutted that there isn’t a smileworks in Cambridgeshire!
Lee Clayton-Harvey
Lee Clayton-Harvey
16:21 24 Oct 17
If you're looking for the best place for your treatment, you've got to choose and visit smile works. They make you feel beautiful, their all friendly and talented personnel. Their welcoming smile alone will make you feel at ease that you're in the right place for your treatment. Their smile really works.
Tiana Bukolami
Tiana Bukolami
22:52 11 Nov 17
team I'd like to provide you with some feedback on my treatment to date: After 1:1 advice and guidance with the smile-works team, I recently attended for my first treatment (root canal). I was greated and treated professionally throughout, experienced no pain, and was informed and entertained by MJ, whom I found to be extremely reassuring, competent and also hilariously funny. Withought hesitation I can fully recommend this practice, and I am so excited about completing my planned course of treatment, which is bespoke and excellent value for money, just in time for Christmas ! Kindest regards Dave Sent from my i
nicola jonnes
nicola jonnes
15:31 22 Nov 17
5 Star service and quality! Had my lips done for the first time and couldn't be more happy with them! MJ works wonders, would recommend 100% !!
davina Johnston
davina Johnston
14:10 25 Nov 17
Wow what an absolute amazing experience said no person ever going to the dentist. Well until now... Had severe pain due to a Wisdom tooth and couldn't sleep the night before and knew I had to finally face my fear and go to the dentist and get this sorted. Sat up all night due to lack of sleep watching and reading horror stories on having a Wisdom tooth removed and was dreading it more and more as time went on. Called Smileworks at 9am Saturday morning to get an emergency appointment and was given one within 3 hours. When i arrived I was greeted with cheer into what could only be described as the coolest dental reception area of all time. The receptionist (forget her name) automatically put my mind at ease. Normally my experience at dentists was sit and wait for an absolute age to be called. Not at Smileworks. MJ came into the reception area so cheery and got me and brought me to the room which was something out of a futuristic movie it was absolutely amazing. From start to finish MJ kept my mind at ease telling me every step of the way on what was happening and what the plan of action was. We even meditated over the removal of my wisdom tooth which really calmed me down. MJ was absolutely amazing in the removal and I had built up such a hype and horror pictures of what was going to happen. The exact opposite happened. This had made me build up my confidence in a dentist again and I would highly highly highly recommend Smileworks to anyone.
Kyle Boyd
Kyle Boyd
14:03 27 Nov 17
Me and my mum came here for the first time last year,and I can’t praise Mj and the staff anymore we felt so welcome and at ease straight away. My lips where and still are amazing and i get so many compliments! They literally do go “above and beyond” and totally make you feel “first class” x
Vicky Diamond
Vicky Diamond
20:49 28 Nov 17
I arrived at Smileworks just as they were closing early for the Christmas break. When I explained my situation (needed emergency treatment) & was going on holiday on Boxing Day MJ agreed to sort out my tooth. She was so friendly & I didn't feel like I was putting her out at all. One of the girls who had her coat on to go home even offered to stay to help. Within 20 minutes I was sorted out & could get on with my Christmas shopping!!! Thank you MJ & the nice dental nurse I now know I go away without having to worry about my tooth. 👍
Pauline McLoughlin
Pauline McLoughlin
02:06 24 Dec 17
Had my lip filler done here as well as a non-surgical nose job and couldn't be happier with the results. Such friendly staff who are all amazing at what they do and give me all the information I needed prior to my treatments. I wont be going anywhere else in Liverpool other than Smileworks!
Lauren Thompson
Lauren Thompson
13:05 26 Dec 17
I felt so welcome and comfortable here! I admire Dr MJ very much, because I did root treatment, which I thought was painful and complex. But it only took 1 hour and I did not feel a little pain. I trust them so much that I feel sleepy! And the reception girls are energetic and full of smiles. This is a wonderful place to make your smile beautiful and confident!
jiadi he
jiadi he
16:57 02 Jan 18
Smileworks are by far the best dentist I’ve been too!! So friendly and welcoming, the waiting area is fun, the receptionist are very helpful and informative, the dentists are highly skilled and make you feel comfortable and are very reassuring. I have had metal braces before when I was younger and feared getting them again but I am happy I went with Smileworks MJ and Bambi who have both been my dentist are fab as well as each assistant that supports them. I actually enjoy going each month and finding out what stage I am at and what’s to come next I never feel anxious. I’ve actually referred two people here, worth every penny 🙂
Emma Gillespie
Emma Gillespie
16:53 04 Jan 18
Reception staff welcoming and friendly. Decor is cool. Bambi and Eva so friendly patient and welcoming. Bambi explains the treatment plan and is patient. Got other few appointments to go. Would recommend. Thanks
Da Mc
Da Mc
19:03 10 Jan 18
I’ve been going to Smileworks for all my treatments since it first opened and I have not and will not go anywhere else. Everyone is always commenting on how good my lips look, my skin. My teeth are straight after only 3 months of a brace. Everyone there is so friendly and everything is explained throughly. The surgery is so clean and modern and MJ is the most qualified person out there for anything you need. I shall be continuing to go there for the rest of my time. Amazing. Love all the team at Smileworks 💕
Keeley Cawley
Keeley Cawley
00:32 17 Jan 18
I have visited MJ at Smileworks many times and I can not recommend the company any more ! All of the staff are so friendly and make you feel welcome as soon as you walk through the door. I always look forward to visiting Smileworks because the experience is always positive, the treatments provided are fantastic and I always leave feeling a million dollars.
Rebecca Zaidi
Rebecca Zaidi
20:11 16 Jan 18
First class customer service and care. The vibe of Smileworks is friendly yet ultimately professional. I have completed 3 sessions of PLEXR on my eyelids and the results are incredible! I will not hesitate to come back. Thank you Smileworks, you really have helped me to rebuild my confidence 😌
Sarah Parkinson
Sarah Parkinson
17:12 19 Jan 18
Called and obtained next day appointment. Clear instructions on how to find the surgery. Very thorough examination. X-rays and dental photos fully explained. Options for further treatment discussed. Follow up appointment arranged to check burn on my palate roof of which I was unaware and make sure nothing more serious. Dental hygiene scale and polish carried out and very pleased with outcome. Excellent service from Rebecca and Lucy. Recommended A+++++
Stephen Olive
Stephen Olive
18:39 23 Jan 18
A very welcoming, warm, friendly and professional atmosphere. I Felt very relaxed and at ease whilst I had my treatment which was a 1ml of lip filler. MJ was very informative and listened to what I wanted and personalised my treatment. I am super happy with the results and could not have asked for a better practitioner whilst receiving this procedure. Fantastic company and would highly recommend anyone to go here!
helen murray
helen murray
14:27 01 Feb 18
I've recommended Smileworks to a few people now, as I've had nothing but good experiences within the past 6 months. I decided to get my braces fitted here because I thought, with all the good reviews, I couldn't go wrong. I'm so glad I braved it because the results, only 5 months into the treatment, are amazing!!! MJ and Georgi are absolutely lovely. They're so friendly, and really just make you feel so comfortable there, which is a massive plus for nervous patients, as I was to begin with. The waiting area and reception is so fun. It makes a really nice change to what you usually see in a dentists waiting room. So, if you're thinking about going to Smileworks, do it! They're fantastic 😀
Sarah Hornby
Sarah Hornby
21:05 04 Feb 18
I needed an emergency appt & got one quickly. I needed a tooth extraction - I had an excellent (female) dentist who gave a really good local (enough & I could still feel my face!). The extraction was tough but I was well cared for. I've not had any problems at all since and I had it taken out 4 days ago. Thank you.
James Piper
James Piper
02:19 13 Feb 18
Great dentist, just had my brace removed and really happy with the results. All the staff are really friendly and welcoming. The late opening hours are a bonus too, so you have lots of flexibility when booking appointments. Would highly recommend.
Chris Brady
Chris Brady
14:11 17 Feb 18
I had the best first appointment. I had to change dentists because the last one was simply not fixing my issues. I was very hesitant to try a new dentist but I am glad I did. The staff are very polite and attentive. Dentist office itself is exceptionally clean. After my check up everything was explained well. Very good experience .
Shan Parke
Shan Parke
15:56 14 Mar 18
Smileworks is easily the most professional, friendliest practice I have ever been too. All the staff are so welcoming and I would never go to another practice for any of my treatments after being see here! Smileworks is the best!
Emily Jones
Emily Jones
22:31 08 Mar 18
I was initially nervous and apprehensive. I hadn't visited this practice before but I had done my homework and went here on recommendation. I booked with MJ and went to have some work done with my upper lip & facial aesthetics. She put me at ease completely and I was expecting pain. It was so easy, straightforward, and I will definitely go back. I was a little tender the day after, but there was no discomfort on the day of treatment and it was much easier than having a dental filling 🙂 My result has been fabulous and I am very happy and would certainly recommend.
Angela Jones
Angela Jones
18:32 27 Mar 18
Great customer service and care! Friendly staff you feel home each time. I had my treatment with Billy and Eva and I'm so happy about the result. Definitely recommended
Gabriele Ganga
Gabriele Ganga
00:17 29 Mar 18
First went for an emergency fix, then second time for root canal treatment and veneers, splendid results!! Recommended it to my friend and he got his emergency fix done and was happy with it. I would recommend this dentist to everyone! Thanks Smileworks! You made me more confident now 🙂
Miz A.
Miz A.
23:01 03 Apr 18
A superb experience! From the initial call to the reception team through to the treatment and after-care level of service, my expectations were exceeded in every aspect. This is a very smart, clean, modern and friendly dental clinic with customers at the heart of service. The team of professionals take time to understand the issue, explain possible causes, possible treatments and put you at your ease. This was a first-class experience and although I don't live near here, I am considering switching from my regular dentist to Smileworks Liverpool. Oh and for aviation geeks, the clinic has an airline theme which is refreshingly different to the traditional style of dental surgeries.
Richard Salkeld
Richard Salkeld
18:47 08 Apr 18
I chose Smileworks for my braces and could not be happier with my decision and have been recommending them ever since! There is always a friendly atmosphere at Smileworks and I’m always talked through what will be happening during my appointment. The late opening hours are perfect for fitting in around work and I have never had to wait longer than my given appointment time on every visit so far. In just 5 months Smileworks have managed to drastically straighten my teeth which I didn’t even think was possible after expecting a minimum of 1 year treatment!
Chelsea Borrow
Chelsea Borrow
21:35 19 Apr 18
Honestly the best customer service I have ever received. The receptionist is so friendly and helpful and the staff who looked at my teeth were very professional, always making sure that I was okay throughout. Nothing was too much trouble and they made sure that I left with full knowledge of what my teeth whitening procedure was going to be and answered all questions! Will definitely be recommending to friends and I cant wait to come back for my next appointment!
Sophie B
Sophie B
11:20 28 Apr 18
From my consultation to the end result I received the best customer service I have experienced. I was looked after by Paula and Emily who were both so welcoming, friendly and helpful and answered all of my questions. The consultation itself was so in depth and helpful and I learnt things that no other dentist had told me. I would recommend this place to anyone wanting dental treatment and I would definitely return.
Amy Robertshaw
Amy Robertshaw
14:23 29 Apr 18
Excellent treatment performed by professional dentists. I did NOT feel the dentist's hands when digging the tooth that caused a strong pain. I did NOT feel at all what happened:) smile and thanks a lot after 30 min of treatment. A narrative: The clinic gave me a fast track consultation as an emergency appointment when I call them in the early morning because of sudden and increasing pain over night after passing another clinic in a day before. Recent equipments of x-ray 4k that can take images of teeth and identity problems before handelling any treatment clearly after 5 min. The clinic is on high standards. It is highly appreciated and highly recommended. Thanks a lot.
Hany Ahmed
Hany Ahmed
02:13 31 May 18
The customer service at this dental practice is some of the best I have experienced in any organisation period. All staff are a credit to themselves and their employer. Friendly, bubbly, knowledgable and considerate. The treatment was top class, the facilities brilliant and the location very central and convenient. I don't often bother to leave reviews on Google, but I think it's worth the effort this time. Well done to all at Smileworks - outstanding.
Paul Gregory
Paul Gregory
21:16 13 Jun 18
Amazing customer care and advice and treatment for removal of a very painful wisdom tooth. NHS removal via my own dentist was going to be 6-8weeks waiting time. Smileworks were very understanding and arranged emergency appointment and then an extraction within a few days. There were no complications and the whole experience was first class. Everything was explained and there were excellent follow up calls to check I was Ok and no issues. So glad not to be taking anymore pain relief. Am considering switching my dentist!
Mike Whiting
Mike Whiting
14:44 27 Jun 18
I booked an appointment having not been to the dentist for a while through Kerry who was very helpful. My consultation was completed by Bambi and Ewa. My appointment was very thorough and I was extremely impressed with the level of service. I would definitely recommend smileworks to my friends and family. Thank you for looking after me!
Ste Glover
Ste Glover
18:54 27 Jun 18
Amazing! In order to get braces I have done a comprehensive research and booked initial appointments in several places in Liverpool. I have found out that in many of them I wouldn’t be treated by an orthodontist, but by a person who only has a certificate (and is lacking the knowledge and experience that an orthodontist has), and in some places there was a weird, cold, "we don't really care" attitude, plus I would only see a dental nurse. Smileworks keeps it's standards high, will always welcome you like an old friend, with smiles and care! Laurence, the orthodontist, very nice and very professional guy, investigated my case, went through a treatment plan with me, and I left happy, knowing I found my place and that I can trust them. My first appointment with Smileworks was 10 months ago, and since then I enjoy every visit, every conversation, every appt follow up, everything about this place! Great energy, great people and great results. It’s a no brainer, I can’t recommend it enough! Thank you for creating such an amazing experience for your customers!
Maja Socha
Maja Socha
11:13 03 Jul 18
Amazing place to make yourself more confident and happy about your smile. All team are really friendly and helpful. Dr. Laurence is fantastic made me feel so comfortable and relaxed, he is so knowledgeable and explains everything!
Roma Neverdauskaitė
Roma Neverdauskaitė
16:49 05 Jul 18
Amazing! In order to get braces I have done a comprehensive research and booked initial appointments in several places in Liverpool. I have found out that in many of them I wouldn’t be treated by an orthodontist, but by a person who only has a certificate (and is lacking the knowledge and experience that an orthodontist has), and in some places there was a weird, cold, "we don't really care" attitude, plus I would only see a dental nurse. Smileworks keeps it's standards high, will always welcome you like an old friend, with smiles and care! Laurence, the orthodontist, very nice and very professional guy, investigated my case, went through a treatment plan with me, and I left happy, knowing I found my place and that I can trust them. My first appointment with Smileworks was 10 months ago, and since then I enjoy every visit, every conversation, every appt follow up, everything about this place! Great energy, great people and great results. It’s a no brainer, I can’t recommend it enough! Thank you for creating such an amazing experience for your customers!
Maja Socha
Maja Socha
11:14 03 Jul 18

 
 

And here are some of our favourite patient reviews in a short 30s video:

 
 

 
 

The benefits of dental fillings

 

The benefits of fillings are that they keep your teeth healthy.  They are a reparative measure and also can be an aesthetic one.  So they fix it and make it look nice too.  Fillings are less invasive than many other procedures and are a better option than what you may face if you leave the tooth decay to spread or don’t visit the dentist when you feel something is wrong. This can:

 

  1. Cause teeth to break and crack requiring expensive dental crowns or porcelain veneers.
  2. Cause painful abscesses and infections that require emergency dental treatment and cause distress.
  3. Create an unaesthetic appearance of the smile and confidence issues when you smile or laugh.
  4. Cause pain and discomfort when you chew your food.
  5. Cause sensitivity on hot or cold when the root of the tooth is exposed or when the enamel is cracked or very thin on the surfaces of the teeth.
  6. End up with you needing a a root canal.

 

Here’s a video to show how caries (also called tooth decay and cavities) occurs in the tooth:

 

 

 

 

How do I know if I need a filling?

 

 

As with many dental problems (except gum disease) it’s usually pain that brings people to the surgery.  Teeth are made of hard enamel that protects the pulp and living parts of the teeth beneath.  These living structures have nerves and blood vessels and when bacteria get past the protective enamel layer it can cause pain such as sensitivity and cause serious problems with the function and prognosis of the tooth.

 

 

Anatomy and structure of a tooth

 

 

In some cases the bacteria can cause an infection and an abscess can form.  This is a red flag (and usually really hurts) so you need to visit the dentist for an emergency appointment if you are in pain and think you might have an abscess. Sometimes the  pain can be very severe but don’t worry, we can get you out of pain and on your way within a short while so you an enjoy the rest of your day.

 

What is amalgam?

 

 

Dental amalgam has been one of the most popular materials to use to fill cavities for the last 100 years.  Amalgam is also sometimes referred to as a ‘silver filling’ because they have a silver appearance.  They are actually an alloy (mixture of metals) containing silver, tin, copper and small amounts of mercury.  Sometimes other metals are used in trace amounts like zinc and palladium.  Mercury in fillings is not considered dangerous and we’ll explain why if you read on.

 

 

Amalgam is extremely popular simply because it’s a very good material to use.  It’s less expensive (most patients don’t want to pay a huge amount for gold fillings) and it’s durable and great for posterior (back teeth –like molars) that undergo a great deal of wear and tear from chewing food.

 

Composite vs Amalgam Fillings Video

Is Mercury Safe?

 

 

There are literally hundreds of millions of people in the world who have amalgam fillings containing mercury and it is one of the most studied materials in dental science. [insert studies]  The authorities in the UK and US have deemed it safe for use in amalgam for anybody over the age of 6 but not for pregnant women or people with kidney disease.  The reason dentists use amalgam is because it makes the other metals more malleable and creates an ‘Excellent and versatile restorative material’

 

 

To read more about the safety of amalgam you can see the research here:

FDA Research

British Dental Association Research

Department of Health Statement on Toxicity of Amalgam

Leading Article in the Journal “Nature”

 

 

This is pretty complicated stuff so the TL:DR is as follows.  Mercury is a hazardous substance and ideally we don’t want to be using anything hazardous in our dental work.  This is why Smileworks is a Mercury-free practice.  But the damage you might cause to your teeth and underlying health by avoiding the dentist far outweighs any dangers that amalgam might cause you.  People ingest all sorts of toxins and mercury is commonly ingested in much higher amounts from foods, the air you breathe and even your drinking water.

 

 

As with any toxin it’s all about the amount that’s ingested.  And the tiny amounts of mercury in amalgam fillings are dwarfed by the amount you consume unwittingly from the environment.  Ever wondered why they tell pregnant women not to eat shellfish and tuna?  it’s because of the accumulation of heavy metals like mercury.  Also once the mercury is in the amalgam it’s almost ‘locked in’ and has formed a compound with the other metals and is safe.  The amount released into your body (in vapour form) as the filling wears, is almost nothing.  As we shall see, the best way to release mercury from amalgam is by drilling it out of your teeth by removing perfectly viable amalgam fillings.  So this is something you must think about.

 

Can I be allergic to Amalgam?

 

 

Yes, like anything some people are allergic to amalgam.  Just like some people are allergic to pollen, honey, bees, nuts, cats and caffeine.  Of the hundreds of millions of people with amalgam fillings, only 100 cases of allergy have ever been confirmed.  So getting any type of sickness from Amalgam is like winning the lottery twice in a week.

 

 

It often depends on the clinical considerations of a patient whether amalgam is used and your dentist wants to do the best job for you taking into account factors like your underlying dental health, systemic health, overall health and your budget.  We don’t use amalgam at Smileworks.

 

 

But don’t take our word for it.  If you don’t want amalgam fillings then there are dozens of other materials that we can use that don’t contain mercury or even any metals at all.

Should I have my amalgam fillings removed?

 

 

We wouldn’t advise removing amalgam fillings if they are functioning well.  If it’s not broken – don’t fix it.  That’s a good rule of thumb in dentistry.  We are clinical dentists and our training involves the management of risks and keeping you safe and healthy.  So if you come to us worrying about mercury poisoning but have a perfectly functional amalgam filling then we are going to advise you that replacing it may cause you real – not imagined – harm.

 

 

Out job is first to do no harm.  But it’s your choice and if you want amalgam fillings replaced then this is something we can do, will do and do quite frequently.  Incidentally the best way to release the most mercury from an amalgam filling is to replace it.  So bear that in mind.  An entire lifetime of chewing on an amalgam filling releases less mercury into your body than having it drilled out and removed.

 

White Fillings (composite fillings)

 

 

Composite fillings are used to solve the same problems as their amalgam cousins.  If you have decay, cracks or damage then we use composite materials to fill the holes to stop anymore bacteria getting in and prevent the spread of any infections.  Composite fillings are not the same as composite veneers or composite bonding that is usually chosen for aesthetic reasons rather than health ones.  But just because fillings are about keeping the teeth healthy does not mean they cannot also look aesthetically pleasing and improve your smile by helping you not feel self-conscious laughing, smiling or chewing.

 

 

How a composite filling works on a back tooth

 

 

 

Composite material is a resin (plastic) mixed with glass to make a hard enamel-like material that is very similar to your natural tooth enamel.  It is sculpted into the cavity and finished to produce an extremely life-like and translucent look.  Just like your natural tooth.  Composite fillings can be used on the back teeth and the front teeth and are an extremely popular choice in 2018.

 

 

The price of composite fillings depends on how many of the tooth surfaces need filling.  Here’s an idea of what we mean by tooth surfaces.  Basically the more surfaces the more work and materials and the higher the cost.

 

 

Tooth surfaces

 

 

White Fillings Cost

How much is a white tooth filling? Here's the itemised prices for 2018 & 2019

 
 

Many people are worried about the cost of white fillings but you’d be surprised how inexpensive they are. Your qualified dental hygiene therapist can create them for you so you can have this treatment at your hygiene appointment at Smileworks. The cost of your filling depends on how many of the tooth surfaces are damaged or decayed. Your teeth have a number of surfaces and we will usually calculate the cost based on how much work it takes to restore the tooth.

Anything more than 4 surfaces may need other types of treatments that you can read about here: dental crowns or porcelain veneers. The price will also depend on who is doing the treatment for you. Dental hygiene therapists will not charge as much as dentists and then specialists or restorative dentists will charge more as they have more experience.

 
 

In the case of an emergency there may be extra costs. These are itemised below.

 
 

  • One tooth surface filling | From £90
  • 3/4 tooth surfaces | From £175
  • Replacement crown or veneer | £50
  • Extraction / surgical extraction | £80-150
  • Emergency assessment | £50
  • Removal of nerve | £30
  • Temporary dressing | £20
  • Fissure Sealant | £25/tooth

 
 
Anything more than 4 surfaces may need other types of treatments that you can read about here: dental crowns or porcelain veneers. The price will also depend on who is doing the treatment for you. Dental hygiene therapists will not charge as much as dentists and then specialists or restorative dentists will charge more as they have more experience.
 
 

 
 

If you're concerned about the affordability of treatment then take a look at our patient finance calculator here:
 
 



 
 

White fillings vs Dental Onlays?

 

An onlay is like a filling that’s made in the dental lab. So an impression is taken of your teeth and the onlay is created by a ceramist in a laboratory chosen by your dentist. The master ceramist will construct the onlay to be strong, durable and aesthetically beautiful and make it out of EMAX, Zirconia, gold, non-precious metal, alloy or other types of porcelain. Imagine an onlay like a mini-crown. It covers the cusps of the tooth and is different for a composite filling and is indicated when a composite filling cannot be used because the filling is too large to survive in the tooth and covers too many or to much of the tooth surfaces.

 

Below the image is a video explaining how an inlay works

 

dental onlay / Inlay

 

 

How an Inlay Works

 

 

 

 

Fissure Sealants – How to Prevent Tooth Decay

 

Prevention is better than cure. And we now have treatments that can prevent the small fissures in the back teeth from accepting bacteria and causing damage. Dental sealants prevent tooth decay by filling in the tiny recesses in the molar surfaces – so the back teeth.

 

 

These are susceptible to cracks and holes because they are under immense pressure from your biting down on them when you chew. The human bite force is 140kg for a normal adult or 70kg per side. Also they are harder to clean and food sticks to them. Fissure sealants create a smoother surface that’s easier to clean and also provide a protective layer to prevent harmful bacteria and the build up of tartar and plaque. Your dental health practitioner can advise you of the best treatment and sealants are not expensive at all and can save you costly dental treatments in the future.

 

 

We will usually offer this treatment in the course of most hygiene appointments where appropriate and the scientific evidence is very compelling that this is one of the best ways to prevent dental caries and tooth decay.

 

 

Tooth Filling Process

 

The process for a filling is very simple for a dentist or a dental hygiene therapist. You don’t actually need to see a dentist for this type of work but some patients like to have front teeth filled by dentists or even extremely qualified restorative practitioners if they are interested in getting a superior aesthetic look. That said, our dental hygiene therapists and dentists make the most beautiful front tooth fillings so most patients are happy to have wither perform their treatment because they will get a consistently good result at Smileworks.

 

 

The first thing to do is assess the positon and remove any decay, tartar or remains of any other failed work. The area is then thoroughly cleaned to remove any bacteria and the damaging chemicals that bacteria leave behind on the teeth. Then the filling material is applied in layers to give it a lifelike and translucent appearance.  To help the filling stay in place for a long time the tooth is coated with special materials. The tooth is then sculpted by your dentist or dental hygiene therapist and hardened with a special light. It is then finished to look precisely like the tooth that was damaged and match your surrounding teeth so you can smile again with confidence.

 

 

How a Front Tooth Filling Works

 

 

Depending on how well you look after your new filling it should last for several years and protect the tooth from additional damage. The materials used are extremely hard and durable and will be able to withstand pressure and chewing just like your natural teeth.

 

Risks & Alternatives to Fillings

 

All dental procedures carry risks although hundreds of millions of fillings have been carried out successfully for the last 100 years. The main concerns of fillings are usually down to the skills of your dentist, the correct diagnosis, the materials used and the size of the filling.  Here at Smileworks you’ll find some of the most highly qualified dentists, dental hygiene therapists and specialists anywhere in Europe. Some patients come to us when their fillings have fallen out. This is usually because they have failed.

 

 

It is a fact that the benefits of fillings far outweigh the risks – and the common problems we encounter are when people have neglected their failing fillings or have not replaced older or broken fillings. The benefits of white fillings are that they look just like your natural teeth and can restore your smile helping you feel happy, confident and healthy.

 

FAQ

Here are some frequently asked questions about white fillings

  • White filling vs Silver
  • Silver is another word for amalgam and we don’t do amalgam fillings at Smileworks (not necessarily because they are harmful but because we want the most aesthetic results for our patients). There is still some potential hazards that are largely unsupported in the mainstream medical literature so we would rather keep people 100% safe than take even the tiniest risk.
  • How long does a filling last?
  • Like any dental restoration, a filling will last longer if you look after it. Brushing and going to the dentist regularly and flossing can make it last longer. If you eat lots of sugar, don’t brush and avoid the dentist it will fail more quickly.
  • Are white fillings worth it?
  • Yes. If you want your tooth to look natural and not be noticeable when you smile, eat or laugh then composite fillings are the best option and are certainly worth it. The filling material is more compatible and can be shaped better to look natural, lifelike and beautiful.
  • Pain after Fillings?
  • After a filling there can be pain and the most common cause of dental pain is a recently placed filling. Cold sensitivity is routine but pan on hot or biting needs to be investigated because this could mean that the nerve of the tooth is compromised (dying off and may need to be removed) if the nerve is compromised you might need an extraction or a root canal treatment.
  • Why do fillings fall out?
  • Sometimes fillings fall out because either you’ve not looked after them well enough or cause them trauma. There are cases of fillings being torn out of the patients mouth from DIY dentistry such as clip on veneers purchased online.
  • Where can I get white fillings near me?
  • Smileworks are the leading provider of dental restorative work in Liverpool and there is no better place to have a thorough examination by a dentist or dental hygiene therapist to get you the best results for a happy, confident and successful life.

 

 

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