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NHS Fillings - Dental Negligence Compensation Claim Solicitors


A dental filling is a part of the art and science of restorative dentistry which is used to reinstate a tooth to the same shape and size as before the damage or decay occurred which caused the necessity for treatment. The major choices for filling material include composite bonding material, silver amalgam, gold alloy or inlays which are created in a laboratory for the express purpose of creating a filling that fits well within the tooth.

Dental Negligence Solicitors

Most private and NHS dental surgery is carried out effectively however there are times when things go wrong and a negligence problem does arise which is where we can step in to help you claim compensation. Our specialist private and NHS medical negligence solicitors are all members of the Solicitors Regulation Authority panel of clinical negligence experts and deal with dental negligence claims using the no win no fee* scheme. No legal charge is payable unless the legal case is won and the client obtains an award of compensation. In the event that the legal claim is lost there is no charge made to the client. You will not be asked to fund or finance the dental negligence claim as it proceeds. For children or those on a low income it may also be possible to obtain Legal Aid which always concentrates dental negligence insurers minds on settlement. If you have a complaint against a private or NHS dentist and would like to find out if you have a viable case for compensation we offer free legal advice with no further obligation. To talk to a specialist lawyer about a dentist or a dental problem just use the helpline, complete the contact form or email us.

Crown, Implant, Extraction or Filling

Dental fillings are used to replace the loss of parts of the structure of the tooth resulting from tooth decay or from damage secondary to trauma. If the tooth loss is great, a dental filling cannot be used and the person needs to have a crown or an extraction followed by an implant or bridge placement. Severe tooth damage may need root canal treatment to kill the nerve.

Detailed Examination

Before filling a tooth, the dentist examines your teeth visually and by x-ray to identify areas of decay or infection. If there is mild decay, you will be scheduled to see the dentist to have the tooth numbed by anaesthetic and the decay cleaned out from the tooth using drills. All the decay and bacteria must be removed from the tooth before a filling can be carried out.

Filling Procedure

The dentist then isolates the tooth so that it is dry and protected from saliva. If saliva gets into the filling, bacteria can get underneath the filling and cause further decay. The dentist then creates an area or cavity that can hold the amalgam without it falling out. Adhesives or cements may used to keep the amalgam attached to the tooth. The material chosen for the filling is pushed into the cavity and is smoothed so that it has the right shape. [A blue light, called a bonding light, is used to harden composite.] More mechanical grinding is then carried out by the dentist to ensure that the bite between the damaged tooth and the facing tooth is in order.


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The author of the substantive medical writing on this website is Dr. Christine Traxler MD whose biography can be read here