If we see cavities forming during your routine checkups we can clean your teeth and apply a fluoride varnish or fissure sealant to help prevent the expansion of these cavities. Fluoride varnishes and fissure sealants are common treatments for children.
If the cavities are larger or we see signs of tooth decay we can place amalgam or white fillings to prevent further deterioration and tooth loss.
A fluoride varnish is a routine treatment for children to help protect their teeth from decay. A fluoride varnish is a layer of highly concentrated fluoride applied directly to the surface of your teeth.
A fissure sealant is a resin based sealant that is applied to the biting surface of a tooth to help prevent tooth decay. It is a common treatment for children who are at risk from tooth decay once their adult molar teeth have come through.
An amalgam filling is a metal alloy used to fill cavities caused by tooth decay. Amalgam fillings are lower in cost than white fillings. They are easy to apply, strong and durable.
White fillings are similar in function to amalgam fillings, but they are made from a modern white composite material that is harder than amalgam and blends in with the colour of your tooth. They are preferred by those who are concerned about toxicity from amalgam fillings or prefer fillings that match the colour of their teeth.
Will it hurt?
There is no pain or discomfort in applying a fluoride varnish, fissure sealant or filling. If the cavity is large we may use Local Anaesthetic to make the treatment more comfortable for you.
How long do they last?
A fluoride varnish usually lasts a matter of hours. A fissure sealant can last for five years or longer and an amalgam or white filling can last for over 20 years.
Will a white filling match the colour of my teeth?
Yes. The composite material comes in a range of shades, so we can certainly match the colour of your tooth. If you are thinking about teeth whitening it would be advisable to carry this out first.
What are the costs?
0121 749 4980
5 Station Buildings, Birmingham Road, Water Orton, Birmingham, B46 1SR
Mon: 8am - 1pm / 2pm - 5pm
Tue: 8am - 1pm / 2pm - 5pm
Wed: 8am - 1pm / 2pm - 5pm
Thu: 8am - 1pm / 2pm - 5pm
Fri: 8am - 2pm
Please note the practice is closed for Bank Holiday’s
Water Orton Dental Centre Remains Open - National Lockdown Announcement 4th January 2021
Update following the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson’s announcement of another national lockdown due to the rising number of cases of Covid-19.
We will still be open. There are no restrictions with regards to medical treatment and you are actively encouraged to keep your appointments. At Water Orton Dental Centre we have all the necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and will continue to follow our high standards in cross infection control.
Please continue to attend your appointments. We have excellent infection control procedures along with a robust triaging policy to ensure the safety of both patients and staff.
If you are worried about your attendance please contact us to discuss your concerns and we can always postpone your treatment until a later date.
Before you arrive:
One of our reception team will call you to carry out a ‘COVID screen’. This ensures no one entering the practice has had any COVID 19 symptoms.
When you arrive:
We advise that you wear a mask at all times while inside the dental practice and only remove your mask at the request of the dental professional. We will continue to check your temperature and if this is above 37.8C, you will be advised to rebook your treatment and to follow government guidelines. Please arrive at your appointment time due to social distancing guidelines.
Please also note that if the waiting room is at capacity, you may be asked to wait outside until it is safe to enter as per social distancing guidelines.
As you enter the building you will need to use the alcohol disinfectant rub to disinfectant your hands.
The treatment rooms will be prepared prior to your appointment with all surfaces disinfected after each patient.
We have sourced PPE and unlike the start of the Pandemic (March 2020 in the UK), there is no shortage.
Please do not be concerned as we continue to maintain high standards of cross infection control.
Stay safe and please contact us if you have any questions.
Please note that you will only be allowed entry to the practice if you have an appointment. To book an appointment or make an enquiry, please call the practice on 0121 749 4980.
Kind regards and thank you for your patience
Water Orton Dental Centre