Need a filling – what types are there?

There are a number of different dental filling materials including:

  • Amalgam (silver coloured)
  • Composite fillings (tooth coloured)
  • Glass Ionomer (tooth coloured)
  • Gold inlays and onlays (gold coloured)
  • Porcelain inlays (tooth coloured)

White fillings

Why should I consider white fillings?

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.
Are white fillings expensive?

Because many white fillings are classed as a cosmetic treatment, you can only have them done privately. Costs usually depend on the size and type of white filling used and the time it takes to complete the treatment. Your dentist will give you an idea of the cost for each type of filling and their advantages and disadvantages. That will help you to decide which type of filling you will have and a treatment plan with your choice of filling will be produced for you to sign and take a copy away with you. Remember, you can always change your mind about the type of treatment you will have; but make sure to let your dentist know of any changes to the treatment plan you wish to have BEFORE the treatment is carried out.