Fillings are used to fill cavities that have formed in your teeth. There are different two main types of fillings available – Amalgam and Composite.
Amalgam fillings are a dark silver colour and are very hard wearing. Composite fillings are tooth-coloured and therefore a more natural and aesthetically pleasing alternative to amalgam fillings, whilst also being hard wearing.
Many people prefer composite fillings as, unlike amalgam ones, they do not show when laughing or smiling. Also, composite fillings do not contain mercury.
For a limited time only we are offering £50 off our Professional Home Teeth Whitening Kits if you opt for a composite filling!
If your dentist has advised that you need a filling and confirmed that the tooth/teeth is suitable for a composite restoration, then you will be entitled to teeth whitening at the discounted rate of £149 down from £199.
Please be aware that your dentist will also need to confirm that you are suitable for teeth whitening.
In some cases a Composite Filling may not be appropriate to fill the cavity in your tooth; your dentist will inform you of this on examination. In most cases, you have a choice in the type of filling you can have.
Composite fillings can also can be used to build up the edges of chipped or worn teeth and can even replace existing Amalgam fillings that you may have. However, it is usually best to change fillings only when your dentist suggests that an old filling needs replacing.
In rare cases, people have allergic reactions to the mercury in amalgam and pregnant women are advised to avoid any unnecessary dental care but if necessary then the dentist will use alternatives to Amalgam such as Composite.
It is best to speak to your Dentist if you are concerned.
Having this type of filling, in many cases, means that the dentist will need to remove less of your existing tooth than if you were having an amalgam filling.
Preserving existing teeth wherever possible is always a good thing as removing tooth structure weakens the teeth and makes them more prone to breakage.