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White Filling V.S Silver filling

Fri Oct. 16th 2015

QWhy should I consider white fillings?


White fillings are the best way to make it less obvious that you even have a filling, especially when we laugh or smile. To the naked eye they look like just the natural part of your tooth making the filling invisible whilst still being just as functional as silver amalgam fillings.

QCan I get them on the NHS?

AThe National District Health Board only pay for children up to the age of 18years to have amalgam fillings. However at Victoria dentists we prefer to take the brunt of the extra cost and still give our youth white fillings.

QAre they expensive?

A White fillings are a little bit more expensive then amalgam and depending on the size of the cavity will determine the total cost. All in all most people find the small extra cost is totally worth it if that is what they are wanting.

QAre they as good as silver amalgam fillings?

A As a rule Amalgam fillings are considered to be stronger then white fillings however it usually depends on the strength of your bite. In other words how much pressure you put on your teeth when you bite down as to whether you should have a white or amalgam filling. Your dentist will know this when he checks your teeth. He will be the one to advise you if you should have an amalgam filling for extra strength reasons.

QIs it worth replacing my amalgam fillings with white ones?

AIt is usually best to change fillings only when your dentist decides that an old filling needs replacing.If so you can ask to have it replaced in a tooth-coloured material.

Some dentists prefer not to put white fillings in back teeth, as they are not always successful.One way around this would be to use crowns or inlays, but this can mean removing more of the tooth and can be more expensive.

QWhat are tooth-coloured fillings made of?

AThis can vary, but they are mainly made of glass particles, synthetic resin and a setting ingredient.Your dentist should be able to give you more information about the particular material that they use.

Q Where can I get them done?

AMost dental practices offer white fillings as a normal part of the treatment they give you.However, white fillings are classed as a ‘cosmetic’ treatment, and you can therefore only have them if you pay for them.

QAre there any alternatives to fillings?

AAdhesive dentistry is another form of this treatment.This involves bonding the filling to the tooth.The dentist has to remove less of the tooth, which is obviously better.

As we have already said, there are alternatives such as crowns and inlays although they can cost a lot more.Veneers can be used on front teeth instead of crowns or fillings.