Fillings are needed for teeth that have tooth decay or teeth that may be cracked or broken. There are a number of filling materials that can be used but the two main materials are;

  • Dental amalgam – this is the traditional silver coloured filling we are all familiar with. Although there is mercury in dental amalgam, once it is combined with the other materials in the amalgam filling its chemical nature is changed rendering it harmless.
  • Composite – composite is a natural looking alternative to amalgam. Composite resin is a tooth coloured plastic mixture filled with glass (silicon dioxide). The shade of the composite is matched to the shade of the tooth so that it blends in with the existing tooth.


A crown is a laboratory made restoration that fits over the remaining tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural tooth. Crowns are an ideal way to restore teeth that have been weakened by decay or a very large filling. A crown could be used for a number of other reasons such as;

  •  You may have a discoloured filling and would like to improve the appearance of the tooth.
  •  You may have had a root filling which may need a crown to protect what is left of the tooth.
  •  It may help hold a bridge or denture firmly in place.


Bridges are commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth. They span the space where the teeth are missing. Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. These teeth, called abutments, serve as anchors for the bridge. A replacement tooth, called a pontic, is attached to the crowns that cover the abutments. Bridges are usually made of porcelain bonded to precious metal. There are also new bridges made entirely of a special type of strong porcelain.

Our team of dentists at Horbury Dental Care can provide restorative treatments either privately or under our new Essentials dental scheme.


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