Tooth Coloured Fillings

Camouflaging fillings using modern materials.

We are often asked advice on "white" fillings. They are probably the most common cosmetic treatment. The traditional mercury - containing metal fillings are not popular nowadays although they are all that NHS dentistry provides for back teeth. Some people have health concerns about dental amalgam, which are not generally accepted by the vast majority of the dental profession, while other folk just don't like how they look. They can last for years but can also in time expand and eventually crack the surrounding tooth. Another issue is that dental amalgam can discolour the tooth it is placed in that no whitening or change of filling will ever restore its colour. For all these reasons we are placing fewer metal fillings than we have done in the past.

Small to medium sized metal fillings can be simply and inexpensively replaced with a like - for - like tooth coloured material in a single visit. Larger fillings are sometimes replaced with an inlay or onlay which is a laboratory custom made restoration bonded into the cavity to bring the tooth back to original shape and appearance. These take two visits to complete.

Many parents don't want amalgam used in their children's teeth. Unfortunately while NHS treatment is free for children, white fillings on back teeth are not available on the NHS. Parents can opt to pay for their child's treatment to be able to avoid placing mercury containing fillings in their child's mouth . We have a specific children's dental plan set up to help cover such costs along with other benefits.

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by Rosie