Tooth Coloured Fillings

Why should I consider Tooth Coloured Fillings?

Most people have amalgam (silver) fillings in their mouth. Nowadays fillings can be more natural looking, whilst still doing the job that it's designed to do. Many people don't want silver fillings that show when they laugh or smile because they are more conscious about the way they look.

Is it worth replacing my amalgam fillings with white ones?

It is usually best to change fillings only when your dentist recommends that an old filling needs replacing.

When this happens you can ask to have it replaced with a tooth-coloured filling.

Some dentists prefer not to put Tooth Coloured Fillings in back teeth as they are not always successful.

One way around this would be to use crowns or inlays.

However, this can mean removing more of the tooth and can be more expensive.

What are tooth-coloured fillings made of?

These can be made from a variety of materials, but usually they are made of glass particles, synthetic resin and a setting ingredient. Your dentist should be able to give you more information about the material they use. Here are some of the choices.

Composite fillings

Composite fillings are strong, but not be as hard wearing as ordinary amalgam fillings.
Composite fillings are Tooth Coloured Fillings and are made from powdered glass, quartz, silica or other ceramic particles added to a resin base. The dentist will choose a shade to match your own teeth, although over time the filling can get stained. After the tooth is prepared, the filling is bonded onto the area with an adhesive and a light shone onto it to set it. With this type of filling, the dentist may have to remove less of the tooth, which is obviously better.

Glass ionomer

Glass ionomer fillings form a chemical bond with the tooth. They may also release fluoride, which helps prevent further tooth decay. This type of filling is fairly weak. As a result of this, they are usually used on baby teeth and non-biting surfaces, such as around the neck of the tooth. Little preparation is needed as the filling bonds directly to the tooth.

Are tooth-coloured fillings as good as silver amalgam fillings?

Tooth Coloured Fillings have always been considered not to last as long as silver amalgam fillings. However, there are now new materials that are almost as good as silver amalgam and these are proving to be very successful. How long a white filling lasts can depend a lot on where it is in your mouth and how heavily your teeth come together when you bite. Your dentist can give you an indication as to how long your fillings should last.

Are there any alternatives to fillings?

There are alternatives such as crowns and inlays although they can cost more. Veneers can be used on front teeth instead of crowns or fillings.

What Are The Costs Involved?

Tooth Coloured Fillings tend to cost more than amalgam fillings as they are more technique sensitive and take longer to place. The material itself is also more expensive. Costs can vary quite a lot, usually depending upon the size and type of white filling used and the time it takes to carry out the treatment. Your dentist will be able to give you an idea of the cost before you agree to treatment.

For further information, ask your dentist about Tooth Coloured Fillings or speak to the receptionist by calling us on 01902 763200.