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Don’t let dental decay cause toothache. Ask us about dental fillings today.

I've been using Riverside Dental now for 6 years since I moved to Norwich.  During that time I have not had cause to have a huge amount of work other than two old fillings replaced and regular check ups and visits to the hygienist.  In all cases I have been extremely impressed at the professionalism and quality of the work.

Andrew Thorpe

Cost of filling treatment

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Treatment time

Fillings can usually be completed in a single appointment with our dental team.

Fillings at Riverside


  • Experienced dentists deliver exceptional patient care

    Our award-winning team has the skill and experience necessary to guarantee outstanding treatment, whether it’s a filling or a more invasive treatment.  

  • Get your filling at a time to suit you

    An appointment to get a filling doesn’t take long, but it can still be hard to fit into a busy schedule. Fortunately, we offer our patients early morning, evening and weekend appointments which make it much easier to book the dental treatments you need at our Norwich dental practice. 

  • Enjoy tooth-coloured fillings to keep your smile looking fantastic

    Although there are different materials available for fillings, we only use tooth-coloured varieties that are virtually invisible and don’t impact the appearance of your smile.

an introduction to


Dental decay is extremely common. It occurs when bacteria that is found in plaque that forms on our teeth when we eat and drink isn’t removed quickly enough.

These bacteria produce acids that start to erode the outer layers of enamel of the teeth. Over time, a hole can start to form that exposes the softer, more sensitive inner layers of the tooth. It’s at this point that a cavity usually starts to cause toothache. 

Fillings are usually the first line of treatment recommended to deal with cavities. Any decayed material is removed from the tooth, and filling is then used to fill and seal the hole, preventing any further bacteria from entering. Fillings can be made from several different materials, from conventional silver amalgam to tooth-coloured fillings that are virtually impossible to detect.

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If you have any questions about filling treatment or to book an appointment with our dentists please contact our friendly, experienced Norwich dental practice today by calling 01603 920 313



How do I know if I need a filling?

In many cases, patients don’t realise that they need a filling until their dentist detects decay at their routine check-up. However, there are a few symptoms that could mean that you need a filling. These include:

  • Sensitivity or pain when eating or drinking something sweet

  • Sensitivity or pain when eating or drinking something hot or cold

  • General toothache

  • A dark spot on your tooth

If you experience any of these symptoms, you could have a cavity developing and you should arrange for a dental check-up as soon as is convenient. 

What happens when you get a filling?

A filling is a very simple and straightforward dental treatment, and at Riverside Dental, our expert team performs countless fillings every single year. Once a cavity has been identified, you’ll be given local anaesthetic to numb the tooth and the area around it. This is usually injected into your gums and most patients don’t feel any discomfort while the anaesthetic is administered. It can take around five minutes for the anaesthetic to work.

Once you are suitably anaesthetised, your dentist will remove any decay from the tooth. This will probably involve drilling into the area using a handheld piece of equipment. The sound and pressure from the drilling can be quite intense, but you shouldn’t experience any pain. 

After all decayed material has been removed from the affected tooth, your chosen filling material will be placed into the hole that is left. Since it is soft, the filling material can be manipulated to fill the hole completely, sealing it against further bacteria.

What type of filling is right for me?

In the past, the most common type used was silver amalgam. However, this is dark grey in colour and very obvious against the comparable whiteness of our teeth. Today, the majority of patients opt for a tooth-coloured filling since this offers them greater discretion and maintains the appearance of their smile. 

How long do fillings last?

Fillings are a fairly long-lasting dental restoration. Silver amalgam and gold fillings tend to last longer than tooth-coloured alternatives. However, provided that you take good care of your teeth, there is no reason why your filling doesn’t last a decade or more. 

How successful are fillings?

Fillings are very successful. However, if you choose a silver amalgam filling, your dentist will monitor their condition carefully over the following years. This is because silver amalgam fillings require more of the tooth to be removed in order to make space for the filling material. They are also more likely to crack or fracture in response to extreme temperature changes, like drinking a cup of hot tea or eating an ice cream. 

Cost of fillings at Riverside Dental

The cost of fillings at Riverside Dental start at £195. If you would like to spread* the cost of your treatment using one of our flexible payment plans**, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

*Spreading the cost only applies for £1500 and over.
**Term and conditions apply.

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