In most cases, it is quite impossible to see that the tooth even has a filling
100% of front teeth fillings and 99% of private back teeth fillings provided by East Leigh Dental Care are white. Silver fillings are only used where the more moisture sensitive white ones cannot be placed. All fillings are finished to such a high standard that it is scarcely possible to see them. Patients often request that old silver fillings be replaced having seen what can be achieved with white ones.
Old Silver Fillings:
Modern White Fillings:
For over 150 years standard fillings have been made out of a silver-grey material called `amalgam`. This is still one of the strongest and longest lasting materials available for fillings. However, many people find it unattractive and some are concerned about possible health risks.
There are now alternatives to amalgam fillings. If a tooth needs filling or repairing, white fillings are now replacing many amalgam ones. The new dental materials mean it is much easier to find a perfect match for the shade of a particular tooth. In most cases, it is quite impossible to see that the tooth even has a filling.