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Q. Why should I consider white fillings?
A. Most people have fillings of one sort or another in their mouths. Nowadays fillings are not only functional, but can be natural looking as well. Many people don't want silver fillings that show when they laugh or smile because they are more conscious about the way they look.
Q. Are they expensive?
A. Because many white fillings are only available privately, costs can vary quite a lot from dentist to dentist. Costs usually depend on the size and type of white filling used and the time it takes to complete the treatment. Costs may also vary from region to region.
Q. Are they as good as silver amalgam fillings?
A. There are now new materials available with properties comparable to silver amalgam, and these are proving to be very successful. The life expectancy of a white filling can depend greatly on where it is in your mouth and how heavily your teeth come together when you bite. Your dentist can advise you on the life expectancy of your fillings.
Q. Is it worth replacing my amalgam fillings with white ones?
A. It is usually best to change fillings only when your dentist decides that an old filling needs replacing. If so you can ask to have it replaced in a tooth-coloured material.
Q. What are tooth-coloured fillings made of?
A.This can vary, but they are mainly made of glass particles, synthetic resin,, and a setting ingredient.