Find out about dental fillings, why you need them, what's involved putting them in, and much more.


Dentists use fillings to repair cavities in your teeth. For your affected teeth, your dentist will first professionally remove all the decay from your cavity. Then, the hole in your tooth is replaced with a tooth-like, hard material called a dental filling.Your body is not able to grow the parts of your teeth back where your cavities now are. 

Before modern dentistry, people unlucky enough to have cavities in their teeth would suffer and be in a lot of pain. Eventually, the pain got so much that people would just have their affected teeth removed.

But not now. 

Fillings for your cavities are so effective that you’re able to use your teeth just as before for many years to come and not be in any pain.

Billericay Dental Care offers patient-focused, affordable fillings for our patients in Billericay and the surrounding areas.

The advantage to using Billericay Dental Care for your filling is that:

we offer you a range of products.   Our affordable metal fillings are durable and strong whilst our aesthetic white fillings are strong and look natural.  You’ll be looked after by a team of professional, skilled clinicians and dental assistants.

We’re here to make the whole experience as comfortable and stress-free as possible

Want to talk with your Billericay Dental Care team about having a filling? Worried about visiting the dentist? 

Please call us on 01277 62 54 56 or email us at if you’d like some advice.

Nervous Patient?

How do you stop having a filling being painful?

The first thing we’ll do is make sure you’re comfortable and calm. Nervous patients, don’t worry – we know how to look after you!

We will use anesthetic. Anaesthetics stop feeling of pain in your tooth and gums by preventing your pain receptors sending a signal to your brain.

Your dentist will apply a numbing cream near your affected tooth so that when the anaesthetic is given, the discomfort is minimal.

We genuinely appreciate the fears of nervous patients and go to any and all lengths to make sure you feel minimal discomfort.

Worried about keeping your mouth open for so long?

This is something a lot of our patients tell us. They’re worried they’ll have to keep so still throughout the whole process that their jaw will get tired.

You can use a rubber dam – it’s fits comfortably over your mouth and around the teeth where your dentist will be doing the work.

Alternatively, you could choose a bite block. That’s a soft rubber triangle we’ll put between your lower and upper teeth so that you mouth stays open. If it’s going to be a long-ish procedure, that’s the one we’d recommend you use.

Tell me about the dental handpiece…

By now, your mouth is numb – the anesthesia removes all feelings of sharp or uncomfortable pain. Your dentist then will uses a piece of equipment called a “dental handpiece” – it’s like a powerful water sprayer. When your dentist is using the handpiece, his or her assistant will hold a high-volume suction into your mouth. What that does is not only remove the water by any debris that falls off your teeth and goes into your mouth.Next up is the less powerful spray. Dentists use that to do the final preparation of the area where your filling is going.Last of all, if your dentist thinks it necessary, they might use hand instruments to totally finish the job. That’ll be to remove any remaining tooth decay that’s left..

Getting your tooth ready for its filling…

If your cavity is between two teeth, your dentist uses a matrix band. That’s placed snugly around your teeth to help build the wall of your tooth back up. We understand that if you have a cavity between your teeth it is vital to ensure the filling we make ensure there is no potential gap for food to get trapped in. There is nothing more irritating than having sweetcorn trapped between your teeth!

Sometimes, we’ll put a liner on the internal part of your tooth that’s exposed. The reason for that is to stop your tooth from hurting once the filling’s been put in.

​Replacing your decayed tooth with a filling…

There are two types of filling – an amalgam filling and a white filling.

With an amalgam filling, we use a machine too mix the metal together. The machine we use spins mercury and other metals around at very high speed.

Your dentist uses something called an amalgam carrier to place the filling into your tooth. He or she will then push it down so that it’s nice, tight, and there are no spaces. After that, he or she carves the amalgam to make it look “tooth-like.

We’ll then check to see if the filling is too high in your mouth. If it is, we need to do a little adjustment to the filling. After that, it’s all over – you’ve had your filling!

With a white filling, your dentist will put special fluid on your tooth to roughen the surface of the tooth so the white filling resin can bond. He or she will then rinse the special fluid away, dry your tooth, and place a very small amount of priming and bonding agent on your teeth which will be set with a light.

Next, your white resin filling will be placed inside your tooth either by squirting it directly into your tooth or using a small metal instrument. Your dentist will then make sure the composite is spread out evenly with no air bubble. After that, he or she will shine a bright blue light onto the composite – to harden it. If your filling has been really deep, he or she will need to use the light a few times as the filling is done in layers. If there are any areas on your filling that are rough to the touch, your dentist will use some mild abrasives to put it right.

Nearly done – one last check to see if the filling is too high in your mouth. If it is, all you have to do is bite onto something called articulating paper and any high spots will be smoothed by us over with a polishing bur.

And that’s it. You’ve had your filling.

Want to talk with your Billericay Dental Care team about having a filling? Worried about visiting the dentist? Please call us on 01277 62 54 56 or email us at if you’d like some advice.

Are you bringing your children for fillings?

We love kids and we pride ourselves on making nervous children feel safe, secure, and happy during their dental treatment with us. We will talk them through everything in a way they will understand, and will help guide them through treatment.

Filling FAQ's

What causes cavities?

Over time, bacteria builds up on every tooth in your mouth. And every time you eat something, particularly something sugary, it’s feast time for the bacteria.

When they’ve finished eating, the produce a very strong acid that starts eating away at your tooth. Every time you brush your teeth or floss, you get rid of a lot of that acid. But some will remain and if you don’t brush your teeth twice a day and have a low sugar diet, the acid on your teeth build up and eventually creates a little hole.

Can I do things to make having a filling in the future less likely?

Yes, definitely. Make an appointment at Billericay Dental Care once every 6 to 9 months (your dentist will suggest the correct timeframe for you), brush your teeth twice daily for at least 2 minutes and keep a low sugar diet.

Want to talk with your Billericay Dental Care team about having a filling? Worried about visiting the dentist? Please call us on 01277 62 54 56 or email us at if you’d like some advice.



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Crown Yard, High Street,



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