White Fillings: Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Why should I consider white fillings?
A: White fillings, also known as tooth-coloured fillings, have become increasingly popular as they provide a natural-looking and aesthetically pleasing alternative to traditional silver amalgam fillings. Many individuals prefer white fillings as they blend seamlessly with the natural tooth colour, ensuring that their fillings remain inconspicuous when they smile or laugh.
Q: Can I get white fillings on the NHS?
A: The National Health Service (NHS) typically does not provide white fillings for the biting surfaces of back teeth. However, this restriction does not apply to the sides of back teeth or any front teeth. In rare cases, if a patient is proven to be extremely sensitive to the metals in silver amalgam fillings, a consultant may recommend replacing them with an alternative material, potentially making white fillings available through the NHS.
Q: What is the cost of white fillings?
A: Since many white fillings are offered through private dental practices, costs can vary significantly depending on the dentist, size and type of filling, the complexity of the treatment, and the region. As a general reference, white fillings start at approximately £60 each. Your dentist will be able to provide a more accurate cost estimate before proceeding with the treatment.
Q: How do white fillings compare to silver amalgam fillings in terms of durability?
A: Historically, white fillings were considered less durable than silver amalgam fillings. However, advancements in dental materials have led to the development of tooth-coloured fillings with properties comparable to silver amalgam, showing promising success rates. The longevity of a white filling depends on its location within the mouth and the forces exerted on it during biting. Your dentist can advise you on the expected lifespan of your fillings. Note that fillings provided by the NHS come with a one-year guarantee.
Q: Should I replace my existing amalgam fillings with white fillings?
A: It is generally advisable to replace fillings only when your dentist determines that an old filling requires replacement. In such cases, you may request a tooth-coloured material for the new filling. Some dentists may be hesitant to use white fillings in back teeth due to concerns about their durability. Alternatives like crowns or inlays may be considered, but they may involve more tooth reduction and higher costs.
Q: What materials are used in tooth-coloured fillings?
A: Tooth-colored fillings are typically composed of glass particles, synthetic resin, and a setting agent. Your dentist can provide more information about the specific materials used in their practice.
Q: Where can I get white fillings?
A: Most dental practices offer white fillings as a standard treatment option. However, since white fillings are classified as a cosmetic treatment, they are typically only available through private payment.
Q: Are there any alternatives to fillings?
A: One alternative to traditional fillings is adhesive dentistry, which involves bonding the filling material to the tooth and requires less tooth reduction. Other alternatives include crowns, inlays, and veneers, although these options may be more expensive.
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