Do you need a dental filling? You may be faced with a choice between an NHS amalgam filling and a private white filling. While both options can effectively restore the function and appearance of a damaged tooth, there are some differences you should consider when making your decision.
Some things to keep in mind when choosing between an NHS amalgam filling and a private white filling:
One of the main differences between an NHS amalgam filling and a private white filling is the cost. NHS amalgam fillings are typically less expensive than private white fillings, as they are made from a mixture of metals and are a more traditional filling material. Private white fillings, on the other hand, are made from a composite resin material that can be colour-matched to the surrounding teeth for a more natural look.
Another major difference between an NHS amalgam filling and a private white filling is appearance. Amalgam fillings are silver in colour and can be noticeable when you smile or open your mouth. White fillings, on the other hand, can be colour-matched to the shade of your natural teeth, making them virtually indistinguishable from the surrounding tooth structure.
Amalgam fillings used to be considered to be more durable than white fillings, and can last for 10-15 years or more with proper care. White fillings, when done with correct moisture control and the latest techniques can in fact last longer as they help provide some mechanical reinforcement to the tooth.
There has been some concern in recent years about the potential toxicity of the mercury in amalgam fillings. While the scientific consensus is that amalgam fillings are safe for most patients, some people may prefer to avoid them for this reason.
Speak to your dentist here at Silk Dental if you wish to discus as further or see some more examples of our work
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