If decay has occurred in your teeth, it’s likely that you may need a filling to repair the damage, but it’s not often known what materials are used to complete this procedure. According to the Oral Health Foundation over 80% of the population has at least one filling and adults have around seven fillings on average.
There are a number of different types of fillings and it’s likely that your dentist will examine your needs carefully before carrying out the treatment. The cost of your filling can also be affected by whether or not they are completed on the NHS or under a private contract.
We’ve decided to shed some light on the different type of filling materials so you’re fully in the know…
Otherwise known as silver fillings, the amalgam material is the most common type of filling which is used on the NHS. They are generally made from combining a number of different metals such as mercury, silver alloy, tin and copper and may last up to 20 years. Amalgam fillings are hardwearing and are therefore often used on back teeth but on rare occasions, some people may find they are allergic to amalgam, in which case an alternative material may have to be used.
Composite, or white fillings, are made from a number of materials including silica and other various ceramic elements which are used in conjunction with a plastic resin. They are often used for front, visible teeth as they are made to match the existing colour of your tooth in order to portray a natural appearance. Although they may not last as long as amalgam fillings, you will still get around 8-10 years of wear.
This type of filling material is known to be the strongest and the longest lasting. The gold alloy used will ensure that any filling made of it will not tarnish and gold fillings are also highly durable – often lasting more than 20 years. Gold restorations are considerably more expensive than other filling types due to the costly material used and because they are created externally in a specialised laboratory from an impression taken by your dentist.
Used in both onlays and inlays, porcelain fillings can be quite expensive. They can be coloured to match the shade of your tooth and are also commonly made externally in a lab in order to fit the shape of your tooth. They are a hardwearing filling option which are used in different locations in the mouth.
If you are unhappy with a filling treatment which you have received from your dentist, you may be eligible to make a claim. Although a common dental treatment, there are a number of things that can unfortunately go wrong. Call our team on freephone 0808 231 3643 and discuss your case today.