Most people have fillings of one sort or another but today, because we are much more conscious of our smile, we can choose a natural-looking alternative – the composite or tooth-coloured filling.
A composite resin is a tooth-coloured plastic mixture filled with glass (silicon dioxide) first introduced in the 1960s. Originally only used for front teeth because of their softer nature, modern improvements to their composition make them generically suitable today.
Composite fillings are more difficult to place than silver fillings so may take your dentist 15-20 minutes longer to complete and because they are considered to be a cosmetic treatment, they are not available on the NHS and must be paid for.
Dental amalgam is the traditional silver-coloured filling we are all familiar with.
Whilst composite (tooth coloured) fillings are becoming more popular, amalgam fillings represent the most durable and long-lasting form of filling available (apart from gold fillings which are more expensive.)
Amalgam fillings are the only type of filling provided through the NHS (if you meet the criteria under the NHS service) – composite fillings are considered to be ‘cosmetic’ and therefore must be paid for.
Under the NHS we provide white fillings on front teeth and silver fillings on back teeth.
You can if you would like to, you can speak to your dentist and they will discuss the charges as they will differ depending in the amount of surfaces the filling covers on the tooth.
Yes, but it should improve after a few days. If it doesn’t, then you can come back and see your dentist to further assess the tooth.
Yes, this is usually fine to do. You would need to be assessed fully by a dentist to discuss this.
This is normal to begin with as it will feel odd in your mouth as it’s new to you. However, if your mouth does not adjust and it doesn’t get better, you can come back and see your dentist for adjustments to be made.