Are white fillings as good as silver fillings?
White fillings have always been considered less long lasting than silver amalgam fillings, however with the advanced materials we use at Cricklewood Dental Practice, a white filling can often last as long as a silver filling. Their life expectancy can depend on where they are in your mouth and how heavily your teeth come together when you bite. Your dentist can advise on the life expectancy of your fillings
Why should I consider white fillings?
Most people have fillings of one sort or another in their mouths. Nowadays fillings can be natural looking, as well as doing the job they're meant 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.
Are white fillings expensive?
Because many white fillings are classed as a ‘cosmetic' treatment, you can only have them done privately. So costs can vary. Costs usually depend on the size and type of white filling used, and the time it takes to carry out the treatment.
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. When this happens you can ask to have it replaced with a tooth-coloured filling.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