What type of filling?
We offer the old type of fillings but appreciate filling teeth with grey makes little sense when everyone wants white teeth. So, we offer a far more appealing alternative: long lasting, white fillings that are much more aesthetically pleasing than the old style amalgam fillings.
White or Composite fillings
White composite resin is a little more expensive than silver amalgam but the benefit of retaining the appearance of your natural teeth is well worth it. We only use high-quality composites known for their exceptional performance and durability that look exactly like your natural teeth.
Silver amalgam has long been an important material in dental care, but the technique for its use means healthy tooth tissue often has to be removed along with the decay. The technique with white filling material is quite different, so we remove only decaying tissue. We prefer this minimally invasive technique.
How long will my white fillings last?
New materials are used to make white fillings as durable and long-lasting as the amalgam version. The length of time white fillings last depends on where they’re placed in your mouth and how your teeth come together when you bite.
Replacing silver fillings
Many of our patients with old silver fillings have them replaced with white composite, for cosmetic reasons or because they’re concerned about the mercury content in amalgam. This must be approached with caution and we’ll discuss it fully with you, but if you want to have your silver fillings replaced we can bring back your natural look. Ultimately we’re guided by the British Dental Association, which states that dental amalgam is a safe filling material.
Inlays and Onlays for larger cavities
White fillings are best for small to medium sized cavities. For large cavities you may consider inlays or onlays. See our Inlays and Onlays page for more information.
Contact the practice to book an appointment: 020 8953 3665.