Are They Expensive?
Costs usually depend on the size and type of white filling used and the time it takes to complete the treatment. We have fixed prices for the different sizes of white fillings, these are displayed in the waiting area. Prices will be discussed and a written estimate provided when available treatment options are discussed.
Are They As Good As Silver Amalgam Fillings?
In the past white fillings were considered to be less strong and wear out more quickly than silver amalgam. But there are now new materials available with properties comparable to silver amalgam, and these are proving to be very successful. All our white fillings are placed using the dual bonding system which glues the filling into place making them extremely strong. The life expectancy of a white filling can depend greatly on where it is in your mouth and how heavily your teeth come together when you bite. We can discuss the life expectancy of your fillings and if white fillings are the best option for you. We can show you the available options using our DVD system.
Is It Worth Replacing My Amalgam Fillings With White Ones?
It is usually best to change fillings only when we decide that an old filling needs replacing. If so, you can ask to have it replaced in a tooth-coloured material.
When a large filling is needed in a back tooth it may be better to use an inlay (filling custom made at the laboratory) or a crown. As this involves a technician and 2 visits this solution is more expensive but may prevent early fracture of the tooth and on going expense. We will advise you of the recommended option in each situation.
What Are Tooth-Coloured Fillings Made Of?
This can vary, but they are mainly made of glass particles, synthetic resin and a setting ingredient.