If you’re looking for affordable and long-lasting composite white fillings near you in Reading from a highly rated and experienced private dentist, our modern clinic can help.
Benefit from the expertise and passion of our highly skilled principal dentist Dr. Ali Kamran (GDC No 71662), who has over 24 years of extensive cosmetic dentistry experience and has helped perform fillings for hundreds of patients in Reading and Berkshire.
Why choose Markham Associates for your fillings
✔️ Over 100 5-star Google reviews
✔️ One of the highest Google Business rated dentists in Reading
✔️ One of most established dentists in Reading at over 40 years
✔️ Highly experienced fillings team
✔️ Fantastic results at great prices
✔️ Accepting new and nervous patients
✔️ Friendly and modern dental clinic
What is a composite (white) filling?
A composite is a tooth-coloured plastic mixture filled with glass (silicon dioxide). Composites are not only used to restore decayed areas but are also for cosmetic improvements of the smile – either by changing the colour of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth.
What will my dentist do?
Here’s a quick step-by-step guide through the composite fillings procedure:
- Step 1. Your dentist will usually numb the area around the tooth with an injection, but some small fillings may not need an anaesthetic.
Remove any decay, together with any old filling material, using a small, high-speed drill.
- Step 2. Next, your tooth will be washed and dried by blowing water and then air onto it (the dentist will be holding something which looks like a water pistol).
- Step 3. After that, your dentist will etch the surface to be restored with a mild acid to help the filling stick better.
- Step 4. The surface that is to be restored will be coated with a bonding agent (which acts like cement). Then, the filling material will be placed by being pushed into the cavity that needs to be filled and shaped as required;
- Step 5. Finally, your dentist will harden the filling by pointing a bright light at it inside your mouth (you will see the dentist and dental nurse protecting their eyes) – this is called curing finish by trimming and polishing the filling as necessary.
What are the benefits of a composite filling?
Aesthetics are the main advantage. Your dentist can blend shades to create a colour identical to your actual tooth.
Composites bond to the tooth to support the remaining tooth structure, which helps to prevent breakage and insulates the tooth from excessive temperature changes.
What are the disadvantages of a composite filling?
After receiving a composite, a patient may experience post-operative sensitivity. Also, the shade of the composite can change slightly if the patient drinks a lot of tea, coffee or other staining foods.
Composites tend to wear out sooner than silver (amalgam) filling in larger cavities, although they also hold up in small cavities.
How long will a composite last?
Studies have shown that composites can last up to 7-10 years, which is comparable to silver fillings, except in very large tooth restoration procedures.
Composite fillings before and after
Our latest filling treatment reviews via Google
After a bad experience at another practise, I was simply terrified of having to go to a dentist again, but having read the reviews for this practise I decided to book an appointment. I’ve had fillings and extractions with Dr Kamran and I couldn’t recommend him enough. He was so gentle and reassuring. The level of service and care at this practise is excellent!”
Gintare D (May 2022)
“Hadn’t been to a dentist for a while, so a little worried. A friend recommended Markham Associates. Needed fillings and an extraction.
Put at ease from the start: procedures fully explained, x-ray results shown, treatment options given and no pressure. COVID rules in place. Pleased with outcome.”
“Great dental practice, been using it for several years and satisfied with dentist and dental staff. 5* dental treatment, would recommend.
Fillings have been lasting and great quality restorative dental work.”
“An outstanding dental practice, providing an excellent level of care, advice, support and expertise. The whole team is highly professional with excellent interpersonal skills…warmly welcomed by this nervous patient! Dr Kamran always explains proposed treatment and options in full.
Yesterday’s painless filling of a deteriorating tooth, which required work very close to the nerve, was particularly remarkable and perhaps even more so when taking into account the level of PPE required.
I felt completely safe at all times. Many thanks Dr. Kamran and team.”