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    Dublin, Dublin 6

What are Tooth Fillings?

Dental caries (tooth decay) is a hole in the tooth due to acids made by bacteria. The dentist will clean the decayed part of the tooth and fill it with a permanent material called tooth filling. It restores integrity, structure, and functionality of the tooth. It can also repair cracks or broken part of a tooth.

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Our Aim is to provide a friendly professional environment where you can avail of the best Dental Treatment in Dublin.

— Dr Thomas Munroe
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Why do you need tooth fillings?

Why would you need a dental fillings?

It is best to get a check-up if you feel any pain or discomfort.  We offer emergency appointments for serious cases.  If you notice one or more of  of these symptoms, you may need a tooth filling.

  • Presence of pain in one or more teeth
  • Brown spots or discolourations at the grooves of your teeth
  • Brown spots or black discolourations at the sides of your teeth
  • A small part of your tooth has chipped off
  • Localised hypersensitivity when drinking cold beverages

If you think you may need one, contact us as soon as possible, early treatment can save the tooth and prevent further damage to your tooth.

Types of Dental Fillings

Types of Dental Filling Material

There are several dental filling materials used to restore a tooth. The location and extent of decay will most likely identify which dental filling material will be appropriate for you.

Gold Filling

Gold is the oldest restorative dental filling material, having been used for dental repairs for more than 4000 years. The use of gold in dentistry remains significant today due to its durability that can last at least 10-15 years and usually longer.

Gold fillings can withstand chewing forces. However, aesthetically, most patients dislike metal fillings and prefer tooth-coloured filling materials. Gold fillings are also the most expensive tooth filling material since it consists 75% gold with the remainder being made up of palladium, silver, and a few other minor metals.


Amalgam is a tooth filling used probably more than 200 years ago. It is made through amalgamation of various metals such as mercury, silver, tin, and copper. It is often called as silver tooth filling due to its silver metal appearance. Most patients do not like amalgam fillings due to its silver appearance.

Composite Resin / White Filling

This the most commonly used type of tooth filling nowadays. We use tooth-coloured composite to mimic the shade of your tooth. Composite is highly aesthetic and is applied directly to your tooth surface.

Amalgam vs Composite Fillings

Amalgam (Metal) vs Composite (White)

Both amalgam and composite are the two most commonly used tooth filling in dentistry. However, what’s the difference?  At Milltown Dental Clinic we prefer to use White Composite fillings.

  • Amalgam appears to be metallic while composite looks like normal tooth surface.
  • Amalgam may corrode while composite does not.
  • Amalgam has high wear resistance than composite.
  • Amalgam may stain the tooth while composite would not.
  • Amalgam conducts heat while composite does not.
  • Amalgam is more affordable than composite
  • Amalgam is more suitable to teeth at the back of the mouth while composite is used for teeth in front of the mouth

  • review rating 5  I have had several dental implants and procedures done at Milltown Dental Clinic. As a very nervous patient I found Dr. Munroe put me at ease and explained every step during the procedure. There was very little discomfort. My husband also had dental implants and procedures done at Milltown Dental clinic and he cannot praise Dr. Munroe enough. Staff very friendly and welcoming. I would highly recommend Milltown Dental Clinic. Mary Gough.

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  • review rating 5  Have a phobia of dentists so have attended VERY unregularly throughout my life.. As a result, when I do, lots needs to get done and I’m a nervous wreck.. Attended Milltown clinic recently for the first time and couldn’t have been happier! Dr Munroe was very understanding and was really good putting me at ease. I had to get a good few fillings done and much needed thorough cleaning. Very happy with the results, and the cost was also very reasonable. I definitely won’t wait another few years for a follow up appointment like I used to do 😉

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  • review rating 5  I’ve been with Tom for over ten years now. Tom is an excellent dentist from my experience. I’ve had two successful implants and am in the process of having my third and fourth done by Tom. He is a very caring, informative and supportive dentist. After care is also excellent. Highly recommended.

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  • review rating 5  I’ve been attending Tom for over 10 yrs now after a disastrous experience elsewhere. He has transformed my dental care! He is gentle, thorough, careful & up to date, my crowns & implants look fantastic. I can highly recommend him.

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  • review rating 5  I've attended Milltown Dental Clinic for a number of years.  Over this time I"ve had fillings, veneers and an implant and I am very happy with the results.  I have full confidence in Dr Tom Munroe. He is professional and always puts me as ease and explains each procedure in advance.  The clinic itself is excellent and the staff are very friendly. I highly recommend Milltown Dental Clinic and Implant Centre.

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Dental Filling Procedure

The Procedure in getting a dental filling

The procedure in getting a dental filling is quite straightforward, and nothing to be worried or afraid of.  It is very important to get a check-up as soon as possible as soon as you feel some discomfort, the longer you leave it, the more chance a more invasive treatment will be needed such as a root canal or even losing the tooth.  The procedure is as follows

  1. The dentist will examine your teeth by doing thorough dental examination while recording in a dental chart all the teeth that need to be restored.
  2. Radiographs might be taken to confirm the depth of cavity. The depth of cavity will determine if the cavity can still be restored by a tooth filling or another treatment option like root canal treatment is more suitable.
  3. The dentist will discuss with you the possible treatment plan and the differences between restorative techniques.
  4. Using a dental handpiece, the dentist will remove infected areas of the tooth.
  5. Local anaesthesia might be administered if tooth sensitivity is unbearable.
  6. The dentist will clean the tooth to be filled after all the decayed part have been removed.
  7. Then a bonding fluid will be used to ensure that the filling material will not dislodge out of the tooth. After bonding, the dentist will place the desired tooth filling material and shape it like the original tooth.
  8. The dentist polishes the dental filling to prevent bacteria attaching in rough areas.

After-effects of Tooth Filling

After-effects of Tooth Filling

Slight tooth sensitivity may be felt after having your tooth filled. Usually, tooth sensitivity will resolve on its own and won’t need any pain relievers. Tooth sensitivity usually wears off after a day or two.

If the dentist administered local anaesthesia, numbing sensation might be felt as the effectiveness of anaesthesia wears off.

Benefits of a Tooth Filling

Why get a Tooth Filling?

The aim of a dental filling is to save your tooth or teeth, restorative dentistry aims to restore your tooth to its former strength and stability.

  • A dental filling is a non-invasive restoration of tooth
  • Prevents cracking of tooth, which would need a crown to fix
  • Inhibits infection from reaching the tooth’s canal or pulp, which would need a root canal to fix.

After-care of your Tooth filling

Why get a Tooth Filling?

If you have your teeth restored with us at Milltown Dental, its important that you take care of your tooth. Remember that tooth filling is just a substitute for the removed part of the tooth and is not as strong as your tooth. Excessive pressure from chewing and clenching can cause tooth fillings to chip or crack.

For instance, composite tooth filling material stains or discolours after sometime. You should avoid heavy-coloured food and beverages like coffee, soda, tea, and food with food colouring. Smoking also affects the shade of composite. If a part of your tooth filling was chipped, return to our dental office immediately.  That being said, you should be able to live a normal life and not notice any difference with the dental filling in place.

Milltown Dental Clinic

We pride ourselves on communicating to our patients in a way which is simple and understandable so that patients can be directly involved in their treatment plans and different treatment options we offer.

— Dr Thomas Munroe

In Europe, 20–90% of 6-year-old children have dental caries

  • Have Dental Caries
  • Have healthy teeth

About 30% of Europeans aged 65–74 years have no natural teeth

  • Have No Natural teeth remaining
  • Have healthy teeth

General Dentistry pricing

Restorative Treatments

  • White Filling one surface
  • White Filling two surface
  • Large Filling with core
  • Root canal front tooth
    from €300
  • Root canal premolars
    from €400
  • Scale and polish including exam (PRSI)
  • Private scale and polish with exam

General Dental Treatments

  • Simple X-ray
  • OPG full mouth scan
  • Dental exam including X-rays
  • Periodontal root planing per arch
    from €90
  • Extraction
    from €130
  • Surgical Extraction
    from €90

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  • Our Location

    Dublin 6

    Our State of the art clinic is located in the heart of Dublin, in the Dublin 6 region.  There is ample parking available and the clinic is in a beautiful location.

    For example we are located only 15 minutes from Stephens Green, and 9 minutes from University College Dublin.

  • Opening Times

    • Business Hours

      Monday, Wed, Thursday: 8:30 – 5:30
      Tuesday, Friday: 8:30am – 1pm

    Emergency Dental Service

    As stated above, we are open Monday 8.30am-5.30pm, Tuesday 8.30am-1pm, Wednesday 8.30am-5.30pm, Thursday 8.30am-5.30pm, Friday 8.30am-1pm.  Adding to that, if you have a dental emergency, please call our emergency number on 086-8012940
  • Dental Fillings Dublin

    Dental Fillings Dublin

    Whether you are new to Dublin, just moved to the Dublin 6 area, or have lived here all you life, you are welcome as a new patient at Milltown Dental Clinic.  Getting a Dental Filling is a common practice, and we are here to help.  Along with Fillings, we offer a wide range of General Dental treatments, and our focus is to ensure we do our best to restore and save your teeth, by fillings, root canals or whatever other method necessary.  We constantly analyse our prices to make sure that they are affordable for everyone with our family and friend referral schemes.