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Fillings are a common dental treatment used to repair a cavity that has formed in your tooth or to treat a tooth that has suffered trauma.

What are fillings?

Tooth cavities are caused by decay where the tooth enamel has softened due to the plaque acids that break down foods and sugars in your mouth attacking your teeth.

A good oral hygiene routine at home and regular dental appointments will help to prevent cavities from forming in your teeth. Should you need a filling, our professional dental team at Blackheath Dental practice offers a free consultation and a range of treatments to help keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy.

What types of fillings are available?

Depending on the extent of tooth decay, location of your tooth and the level of repair needed there are a number of filling options.

Dental amalgam fillings, also known as silver or mercury fillings are available on the NHS and use a metallic compound containing mercury and is the most common type of tooth filling.

Cosmetic white composite fillings are gaining popularity because they match the natural colouring of your individual tooth and are bonded to the original tooth structure. White fillings give a natural appearance and require less upfront tooth preparation than traditional metal fillings making them a less destructive restoration choice.

Do fillings need to be replaced?

Mercury fillings, available on the NHS, are extremely durable and generally won’t need to be replaced unless the tooth and/or filling has been severely damaged. Amalgam fillings will usually be recommended for your back teeth as they are less visible.

White composite fillings are constructed from a plastic resin that is less durable than dental amalgam fillings so may need to be replaced. The frequency of replacement will depend on your oral hygiene routine at home and the regularity of professional dental checkups.

In the case of a broken filling, you should treat this as a dental emergency to reduce the chances of a bacterial infection affecting the tooth and causing you unnecessary pain. Call the practice immediately.

This is the best dental practice I’ve ever been with. Brilliant dentists, nurses and receptionists. Very caring with nervous patients. So glad I registered here, absolutely fantastic and HIGHLY recommended!

NHS Pricing bands

Transparent pricing for NHS treatments

Patient charges correct as of April 2023

Treatment Band One

  • An examination and diagnosis (e.g. x-rays)
  • Advice on how to prevent future problems
  • A scale and polish, if required

If you need to see a dentist immediately, an urgent NHS appointment costs £23.80.


Treatment Band Two

  • Everything in band one, plus...
  • Any further treatment such as fillings or root canal work
  • Extractions, if your dentist needs to take out one or more teeth


Treatment Band Three

  • Everything in bands one and two, plus...
  • Crowns, dentures or bridges
  • This includes more complex procedures.

You only pay once for the highest treatment band, even if multiple treatments are required.


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Frequently asked questions

How can we help?

There are a few things you can do to help prevent dental emergencies. First, be sure to brush and floss your teeth every day. This will help remove plaque and bacteria from your teeth and gums. Second, see your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. This will help to prevent small issues from becoming more serious. Sometimes, a dental emergency occurs as a result of injury or trauma. In this case, there isn't much you can do to prevent it, but wearing appropriate protective equipment when taking part in sports and other leisure activities can help to protect your teeth and gums fro injury.

Do you still have questions?

We offer excellent care and advice regarding our wide range of treatments to all of our patients.

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0121 561 3526

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Patient stories

Hear from our happy patients

  • I recently visited Dr. Dorsa for a dental procedure, and I couldn't be happier with the experience. Dr. Dorsa is not only incredibly professional but also exceptionally patient and kind. She has a unique way of making you feel calm and comfortable throughout the entire treatment process. What I appreciated most was her willingness to describe each step of the procedure, which really helped alleviate any anxiety I had. I highly recommend Dr. Dorsa to anyone in need of a skilled and compassionate dentist.

    leila faz

    leila faz

    Apr 22,2024

  • I’m very anxious 😬 about dental visits, but Dr Dorsa and the lovely ladies were soo reassuring amazing even when I wanted to leave due to my anxiety. Thank you soo much!!

    Kam Kaur

    Kam Kaur

    Apr 7,2024

  • I recently underwent Invisalign and whitening with Dr Simran and Demi, and couldn’t be more satisfied with the results!From the initial consultation to final adjustments, their level of care and attention to detail was truly outstanding.Dr Simran’s expertise and professionalism were evident from the get go. She took time to thoroughly explain the treatment process and answered all my questions with patience and clarity. Demi was equally fantastic, keeping me updated with the next steps and making each visit a pleasant one.I am so pleased with the results!! I highly recommend :)

    Jeevan Sunnar

    Jeevan Sunnar

    Mar 20,2024

  • Always give good care and service, very friendly, never had any problems

    roy darby

    roy darby

    Mar 20,2024

  • Extremely happy with the result of my teeth, great experience honestly couldn’t thank simran and Demi enough for making me feel confident with my smile, 100% recommend

    Georgina Otoole

    Georgina Otoole

    Mar 18,2024

  • Dr Dorsa and her Dental Nurse where amazing. I have Dentophobia, and always find treatments really hard to cope with, but Dr Dorsa and her Nurse where really supportive and reassuring, they made me feel so much at ease and ensured I was okay throughout my treatment. I felt very much looked after as an individual person. Thank you to Dr Dorsa and her Nurse and Bhandal Dental Staff in Blackheath, Rowley Regis.



    Feb 24,2024

  • Always very impressed with the service at Bhandal Dental Practice, Blackheath. Dr Dorsa carried out the procedure professionally and without fuss. I am very happy with the result. Thank you.

    Russell Blakey

    Russell Blakey

    Feb 21,2024

  • My third visit to Dr Dorsa today. I have advanced gum disease & needed deep cleaning sessions to minimise effects of this. My individual treatment plan clearly explained including how to improve dental hygiene at home. Dr Dorsa delivered treatment in a sensitive caring manner & today’s results show a marked improvement to my gum health. Very happy with service provided & can recommend.

    Penny Hazzell

    Penny Hazzell

    Feb 20,2024

  • Dr Dorsa great skills She calm me down as i had bad experince in past Did great job

    Armin Burazorovic

    Armin Burazorovic

    Feb 19,2024

  • I normally get bad anxiety when going to dentist but Dr Dorsa was truly amazing and made me feel at ease. Would 100% recommend this fantastic dentist. Thank you so much ❤️

    Jon Payne

    Jon Payne

    Jan 18,2024

  • My dentist retired, and his replacement has taken over some of his patients. He's a lovely young man called Suki and has made me comfortable and relaxed . I had a tooth break, and he has made an emergency repair. Need to go back in the new year for a replacement filling

    Sylvia Smith

    Sylvia Smith

    Dec 28,2023

  • I am posting on behalf of my mother who is really happy with the dentures she had made here by Dr Simrun. She had to pay privately but said it was worth every penny. My mother was very anxious. Hadn’t been to the dentist in over 40 years but she said she felt really comfortable with Dr Simrun who was patient and took her time with her. The dentist even stayed late to fit the dentures before my mother went on holiday. Overall really happy and my mother wanted to express her thanks again.

    S B

    S B

    Dec 5,2023

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