Why have white fillings?
Fillings are common with many people having at least filling in their teeth in one form or other.
Fillings are available as silver amalgam or white fillings. If you are conscious about how your teeth look then white fillings are recommended as silver fillings will show when you happen to smile, laugh or yawn.
Do white fillings cost more than silver amalgam fillings?
Costs for fillings can vary from practice to practice. Cost is dependant on the type of filling you’re having and also the complexity involved in treatment.
Do white fillings last longer than the silver amalgam type?
The modern materials used in white fillings now make them as long lasting as silver amalgams. The lifespan of any filling depends more on the location of it in the mouth.
Fillings in areas in which the teeth come together when you bite will not usually last as long as other areas where they are fitted. The dentist will be able to advise how long you can expect a particular filling to last for.
You can opt to have your silver amalgam fillings replaced with white ones, but usually this is only done if the silver fillings need replacing.
Not all dentists like to use white fillings as replacements for silver amalgam ones. This is because white fillings as replacements are sometimes not successful. Crowns or inlays are an alternative but this is likely to be more expensive and would involve removing more of the tooth than a filling would.
White fillings are usually made from a composite of glass, synthetic resin and an ingredient to make it set when put in position. If you need to know more about what materials are used in the fillings, then ask your dentist.
White fillings are available at most dental practices and are a common form of treatment with a standard cost.