Fillings are used to repair a cavity in your tooth caused by decay.
Fillings can be made of:
- amalgam (silver-coloured): a mixture of metals including mercury, silver, tin and copper and the most hardwearing of all filling materials. This is also the most common type of filling and readily available on the NHS.
- composite (tooth-coloured): are made from powdered glass, quartz, silica or other ceramic particles added to a resin base. After the tooth is prepared, the filling is bonded onto the area with an adhesive and a light shone onto it to set it. Your dentist or therapist will then choose a shade to match your own teeth. Many white fillings are classed as a ‘cosmetic' treatment and therefore not available under NHS arrangements. Costs usually depend on the size and type of white filling used, and the time it takes to carry out the treatment.
- glass ionomer (tooth-coloured): powdered glass, which reacts chemically with your tooth and bonds to it, but it is much weaker than amalgam or composite so is often used as a temporary filling material, on teeth that are difficult to access or on the sides of teeth (that are not subject to wear and tear).
Your dentist or therapist will offer you the type of filling that is most appropriate for your clinical needs.
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