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Fillings are used to repair a hole in a tooth caused by decay. The most common type of filling is a silver amalgam, made from a mixture of metals including mercury, silver, tin, copper and zinc.  An alternative is a white tooth coloured filling.  We offer the most advanced types of filling materials available and will discuss the clinical options available.





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Are white fillings as good as silver amalgam?

White fillings have always been considered less long lasting than silver amalgam fillings. But there are now new materials that are almost as good as silver amalgam, and these are proving to be very successful. How long a white filling lasts can depend a lot on where it is in your mouth and how heavily your teeth come together when you bite.

Is it worth replacing my fillings with white ones?

It is usually best to change fillings only when your dentist decides that an old filling needs replacing. When this happens you can ask to have it replaced with a tooth-coloured filling.


Some dentists prefer not to put white fillings in back teeth as they are not always successful. One way around this would be to use crowns or inlays.

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