Have you ever thought about replacing your amalgam fillings with white fillings? Getting white fillings is on many people’s dental ‘to do’ list for a few good reasons. Here at Smilecraft, we love seeing the change in how teeth look once all that grey has been removed and replaced with something that blends in with the teeth.
Many patients are increasingly concerned with having a smile that looks great, and so having white fillings becomes a natural part of that. You can either have white fillings put in when you have a new cavity, or you can get old amalgam fillings replaced. The dentist in Stevenage can replace them individually as old fillings begin to fail, or as a job lot in a couple of appointments.
One problem with amalgam fillings is that, although we pack the cavity tightly, there is no seal around the edge of it. This means that there is always the chance that decay-causing bacteria can get in underneath the filling and cause more decay. White fillings, on the other hand, are bonded to the tooth, so there is no chance of bacteria getting in.
Amalgam fillings require more healthy tooth material to be removed. This can put stresses on the tooth and cause it to crack. The dentist in Stevenage does not need to remove so much healthy tooth material when white fillings are used, so the sides of the tooth are stronger.
Another big plus with white fillings from the dentist in Stevenage is that we can give you back your chewing surfaces. White fillings are built up in layers, with each layer being cured with a UV light before the next one is put in. When the final layer is in and hardened, we can sculpt the surface of the filling to recreate the mounds and valleys of the chewing surface. This makes the filling more realistic and gives you back full chewing ability.
Sadly, white fillings are not available on the NHS. The price for a filling depends on its size and starts at £109. However, we do offer payment plans which offer an affordable way to pay for your treatments.