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Cosmetic Fillings

NHS Treatment

The NHS regulations limit what treatment can be done on certain teeth. This means that, although certain teeth can be filled with white fillings, with some cavities, particularly holes in back teeth, we can only offer to fill with amalgam (silver coloured) fillings. Although there is mercury in dental amalgam, once it is compounded with the other materials in the amalgam filling its chemical nature is changed, rendering it harmless.

Cosmetic Fillings

The photos shown are actual before and after clinical photos of a patient treated at the practice. These are indicative of the results that can be achieved by replacing amalgam fillings.

Why does the NHS not provide white fillings for all teeth?

Private Treatment

More natural looking tooth-coloured fillings can be provided privately in most cases:

Should I have all of my silver fillings replaced?

Many people worry about having mercury fillings in their mouths, even though there has never been any evidence found of problems caused by these fillings. If you are thinking about replacing your fillings then it is worth considering:

How well will my new white fillings match?

When white fillings are placed, the shade of filling material used will be matched as closely as possible to the shade of your natural teeth. This means that a filling may be visible on close examination, but will appear almost invisible in normal day-to-day life. Obviously a smaller filling will be harder to see than a large filling.

Are there any other alternatives to white fillings?

There alternative methods of placing tooth coloured restoration on back teeth, such as crowns or inlays which can be much stronger than fillings, however these come with their own disadvantages. These more costly restorations have to be built in a lab, taking typically 2 weeks during which time the patient is fitted with a temporary restoration. An alternative is available in a single session using CEREC ceramic restoration, but this technique is more costly again. Each of these alternatives may require removal of more healthy tooth. Your dentist will be able to tell you what alternatives are best for you.


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Lisa G

“Even though my oral hygiene has always been excellent I have for many years hated my teeth which were discoloured + the crowns rather mismatched.

Dr Russell Gidney was the first dentist I had confidence in to correct my problems. He showed great empathy, kindness + professional skill. He made me feel completely at ease.

His dental nurses + admin staff are all lovely. The outcome is better than I expected, I now have a lovely smile!”

Pamela C

“I recently had cosmetic work on my teeth carried out by Russell at the surgery. he explained everything in detail and I am overjoyed with the results. The difference it has made is amazing and I thoroughly recommend them. The staff are very helpful too!”

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