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Is it worth replacing my amalgam fillings with white ones?

It 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…

Are they as good as silver amalgam fillings?

White fillings have always been considered less long lasting than silver amalgam fillings.  But there are now new materials available with properties comparable to silver amalgam, and these are proving to be very successful.  The life expectancy of a white filling can depend greatly on where it is in your mouth…

Are they expensive?

Because many white fillings are only available privately, costs can vary quite a lot from dentist to dentist.  Costs usually depend on the size and type of white filling used and the time it takes to complete the treatment.  Costs may also vary from region to region.  As a guide, white fillings…

Can I get them on the NHS?

The National Health Service will not usually allow white fillings on the biting surfaces of back teeth. However, this does not apply to the sides of back teeth or to any front teeth. There is a slight chance that some people may be sensitive to the metals used in silver…

Why should I consider white fillings?

Most people have fillings of one sort or another in their mouths. Nowadays fillings are not only functional, but can be natural looking as well. Many people don’t want silver fillings that show when they laugh or smile because they are more conscious about the way they look.

DENTAID WEEK – 2ND SEPTEMBER 2013

This week we have been raising money for a charity called ‘Dentaid’. One of our dental nurses Louise works closely with this charity which helps to improve oral health in disadvantaged countries all around the world. She specifically works in conjunction with the Dentaid Uganda branch named “Ammanyo Ga Emirembe”…

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