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White Fillings

White or tooth coloured fillings provide a healthier more natural alternative to traditional silver or amalgam fillings. They also allow for a minimally invasive restoration meaning more of your natural tooth can be preserved.

Before and After White Fillings

Please see below an example of how a smile can be transformed at Green Lane Dental Care, with tootj coloured (white fillings).

White fillings before and after images

Natural Tooth Coloured Fillings as a Replacement for Amalgam

White fillings are now offered as a healthier, more attractive alternative to the traditional metal, amalgam filling and a treatment that we offer at Green Lane Dental Care. Our aim is always to preserve as much of your natural tooth as possible and with white fillings requiring a less invasive restoration, we recommend the treatment as both a cosmetic and healthier treatment to amalgam fillings.

Which are better, white or silver amalgam fillings?

Traditional Amalgam fillings contain a mixture of silver, tin, copper and mercury making them strong, durable and ideal for the back teeth that are less visible. Used mainly in back teeth, where grinding occurs that are a cheaper alternative to ‘white’ fillings. When using a composite white filling that is softer and easier to mould, we find it far more effective in treating chipped teeth or more visible teeth in the front of the mouth. Once moulded to the desired shape we shine a blue light on the composite material to harden the filling and although not as strong as amalgam, it is not far behind. Being a tooth-coloured material, hey are barely visible in the mouth.

When would I require white fillings?

For teeth that are either cracked or chipped, tooth-coloured fillings may be used to build up the tooth to restore it’s look and feel. Closing gaps, reshaping uneven or short teeth and filling cavities caused by tooth decay may also be treated.

White fillings can use composites that are made from hard plastic or Porcelain fillings that are made in a dental laboratory and are also custom made. They resist staining, and are made to match the tooth. Porcelain fillings cost approximately the same as gold fillings. They might be recommended if the decayed area is large. Porcelain restorations are very natural-looking and long lasting.

White fillings have several advantages over silver fillings. As cosmetic dentist we prefer white fillings over amalgam fillings for several reasons. White fillings are bonded directly to your tooth, making the tooth stronger while the bonding agent can insulate your tooth from extremes of hot and cold. An additional advantage is the we do not have to remove as much tooth structure as with a silver filling.

How much do white fillings cost?

The cost of a white filling is dependant on the size of the filling required, but prices start from as little as £70 per tooth. We will always discuss your options before beginning treatment, to ensure we provide the right treatment that suits your budget and requirements.

See our private fee guide for all of our fees.

 

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