Tooth Fillings in hertford
Less visible fillings that last longer. White fillings are more natural and easier to blend with existing teeth, which are incredibly durable.
In this Section:
Dental Filling Types
Teeth can be filled with gold, porcelain, silver amalgam, or tooth-coloured composite resin materials. Deciding which one will work best for you depends on the size and extent of the decay, the cost of the material and your dentist’s recommendation.
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Composite fillings are the popular choice for patients.
The shade/colour of these composites is specifically matched to the colour of existing teeth, thus giving a natural-looking restoration and making fillings less noticeable when smiling.
White fillings are less invasive as they are micro-mechanically bonded to the tooth’s structure. Compared to amalgam, they require less of the tooth structure to be removed.
The only downside to this material is it’s not as strong or durable as silver or gold, particularly if they are used for bigger cavities.
Ceramic / Porcelain Fillings
Porcelain fillings are made of high-quality, long-lasting materials that are resistant to staining.
Considered permanent tooth fillings, the durability benefits of this material mean that your restoration can last longer than 15 years, blend perfectly with existing teeth and cost the same amount as gold fillings.
This material allows patients to receive fixes to chips, cracks and breaks in their teeth caused by decay and never have to worry about them again!
Gold fillings last much longer than alternative materials and do not corrode. However, gold cast fillings can cost up to ten times more than other materials.
An indirect process that requires a minimum of two appointments, one to cut and temporize, the other to cement the filling.
It’s also recommended that if opting for gold, other fillings in the mouth must consist of the same material; this is because galvanic shock is possible when gold is placed next to a silver.
Amalgam (Silver) Fillings
Silver fillings are highly durable and can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years and are often the go-to choice for patients on a budget.
However, due to recent general and cosmetic dentistry developments, the poor aesthetics caused by silver fillings have left patients wanting something more discreet and natural.
Some disadvantages of silver fillings include its process, where tooth structure is destroyed to make enough room. They have also been known to discolour the surrounding tooth grey.
White fillings have previously gained a bad reputation for not being as hard-wearing as other materials.
But thanks to rapidly improving technology over the last decade, white fillings have become much stronger. Comparing them to other fillings, they are more aesthetically pleasing and can last a number of years. Plus, they’re mercury-free.
Tooth Filling Costs: The Cheapest Options
White fillings on the NHS can cost just as much as Amalgam, but they are only offered to patients in certain circumstances.
Fillings can cost around £65 via the NHS (Band 2 treatment charge). However, depending on the extent of the decay, you may need other complex procedures to be carried out simultaneously, increasing the charging price to Band 3.
At Perfect Smile Studios, our tooth-coloured fillings are priced from £150.
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