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Silver Fillings Vs White Fillings

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4th October 2022

Silver Fillings Vs White Fillings

Are you curious about white fillings? Want to change the fillings you have? Or worried that a tooth niggle means you’ll need fillings treatment – and want to discuss your options? Whatever it is, our London dentists are happy to help with your dental concerns. It’s why we’re a popular choice in the capital for both commuters and Londoners.

Today, we’ll talk about silver fillings vs white fillings, from pros and cons, to how treatment differs and what might be best for your budget. By the end, we hope you’ll feel confident to book the right treatment for you.

What are silver fillings?

Also called metal or amalgam fillings, these are made of a mixture of metals, including silver, copper, tin, and mercury. Patients can feel a little more self-conscious with metal fillings, as they can be more visible than other options.

What are white fillings?

Made of a tooth-coloured resin, these match your smile’s exact shade for a more seamless look. The resin is applied in putty form, then hardened with a special light. Patients typically prefer white fillings over metal as they are much more discreet.

Which option is the cheapest?

Metal fillings can sometimes be a cheaper choice, but this doesn’t mean they’re better than white ones. We would never advise a patient to choose a treatment based on price alone. It might be that we can work with you on your budget too, as we offer dental plans and finance at our London dental practice.

Which option is more durable?

In the past, silver fillings were regarded as being more durable than white fillings. However, times have changed and so have the materials used. Tooth-coloured fillings are now just as durable as their metal counterparts, and both can last for many years with a good standard of oral care and regular dental check-ups.

Can I replace my silver fillings?

Yes, this is possible to do, but it’s not something we would necessarily recommend and we would need a consultation before treatment to ensure it’s the right choice for you. Having said this, many patients look to replace their metal fillings with tooth-coloured fillings, as they are a more attractive choice cosmetically.

How do I book in for white fillings?

We can offer tooth-coloured fillings here in the heart of London. To find out more about what’s involved, book a consultation or follow through with treatment, talk to us today.