Dental Fillings & Bonding

What is a Dental Filling

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What is a Filling?

A filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal function and shape. First the decayed tooth material has to be removed by cleansing the affected area. Once the caries has been cleaned out, the cavity is restored with a filling material.

By closing off spaces where bacteria can enter, a filling may also prevent further decay. Materials used historically for fillings include gold and amalgam (an alloy of mercury, silver, copper, tin and sometimes zinc). Now days we only offer composite resin (tooth-colored fillings), porcelain or zirconia (a white metal classified as a member of the titanium family) or glass ionomer fillings (used on baby teeth and ‘non-biting’ surfaces).

Which Type of Filling is Best?

No one type of filling is best for everyone. What’s right for you will be determined by the extent of the repair, whether you have allergies to certain materials, where in your mouth the filling is needed, and the cost.

Are the silver fillings harmful?

Research into the safety of dental amalgam has been carried out for over 100 years. So far, no reputable ‘controlled’ studies have found a connection between amalgam fillings and any medical problem.


If decay or a fracture has damaged a large portion of the tooth, a crown, (sometimes called cap), may be recommended. Decay that has reached the nerve may be treated in two ways: through root canal treatment (in which the damaged nerve is removed) or through a procedure called pulp capping (which attempts to keep the nerve alive).


Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is usually a cosmetic procedure in which a tooth-coloured resin material (a durable plastic composite filling) is applied and hardened with a special light, which ultimately “bonds” the material to the tooth to restore or improve a person’s smile.

In the past, bonding was a cost-effective alternative to crowns or veneers when trying to improve your smile. Recently it is becoming very popular, as the materials used are much stronger and better looking. Teeth bonding is also much less invasive compared to dental crowns or veneers, which results in less or no tooth has to be removed.

Composite bonding Southampton

What is the difference between Bonding, Veneers and Crowns?

Bonding is made with resin – composite. It looks very good but is slightly inferior the porcelain material used for veneers or crowns.

Bonding is most of the times non invasive ( you do not remove any healthy part of the tooth), which results in being a reversible procedure ( you can remove the filling in the future, and your tooth will have no damage at all.

Veneers and crowns on the other hand, require a significant part of the tooth to be removed prior to placing them. If the tooth is already damaged, then a crown could be a better option.

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Below is a recent bonding case.

Best Dentist Front Teeth Bonding

Ferry Dental Centre
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James CruzatJames Cruzat
13:05 24 May 24
The doctor and the staff is really nice and gentle.They give me special treatment and they deliver excellent job..what else can I say is well done and a full star of appreciation for the job.Thank you very much
Francesco MesoracaFrancesco Mesoraca
04:09 24 May 24
Just completed my clearcorrect treatment and after 12 months with Dr Marwa the results are fantastic.
09:24 04 May 24
I express my deep gratitude to the entire team of the Ferry Dental Centre I would like to express my gratitude to absolutely every employee. Thank you all so much for your attention, kindness, and high professionalism!!! Especially Dr. Yuri! I recommend to all.
11:47 02 May 24
Ferry Dental Centre is an exceptional place for all your dental needs. Dr. Juri stands out as a highly skilled and professional dentist who truly cares about his patients. The staff at Ferry Dental Centre are welcoming, and the office has a warm and friendly atmosphere that puts patients at ease.Dr. Juri's expertise and gentle approach make dental visits comfortable and stress-free. I highly recommend Ferry Dental Centre for top-notch dental care.
Zoe JacksonZoe Jackson
20:03 14 Apr 24
I have had a fantastic experience with Ferry Dental.I approached them as an anxious patient (having not been to the dentist for nearly a decade) and the staff were so friendly and calming. Despite having a big cry before my first appointment my consultation was fantastic and I left feeling much more comfortable with the prospect of going to the dentist.Since then I’ve had many appointments with Marwa (orthodontist) and the hygienist and no longer dread or cry before appointments. Marwa in particular is so kind and friendly and always checks in with me throughout appointments to make sure I’m calm and happy.All the staff have been so friendly and know who I am and have been fully informed of my anxiety. It’s been very relieving to go from appointment to appointment and each practitioner knows exactly who I am, what I’ve had done, and really look after me as an individual.Also a massive shout out to the reception team (particularly Anna) who are always so so friendly and greet me by name and know who I am.I highly recommend this dentist - particularly those who hate going to the dentist and/or suffer from anxiety. A massive thank you to Ferry Dental for helping me get over my fear of the dentist ❤️
Adrian NeagoieAdrian Neagoie
15:49 22 Jan 24
I had a great experience at Ferry Dental Centre. The staff was very friendly and professional, and the facility was clean and modern. Dr Denis took the time to explain everything to me and I felt very comfortable throughout my visit. I will definitely be recommending Ferry Dental Centre to my friends and family.