Most people have fillings of one sort or another in their mouths. Nowadays fillings are not only functional, but can be natural looking as well. Many people prefer to have `tooth coloured` fillings rather than silver fillings that show when they laugh or smile because they are more conscious about the way they look.
Are white fillings as good as silver amalgam fillings?
White fillings have always been considered less durable than silver amalgam fillings. But there are now new materials available with properties comparable to silver amalgam, and these are proving to be very successful. The life expectancy of a white filling can depend greatly on where it is in your mouth and how heavily your teeth come together when you bite. Your dentist can advise you on the life expectancy of your fillings.
Is it worth replacing my amalgam fillings with white ones?
When your dentist feels that an old filling needs replacing, you can ask to have it replaced in a tooth-coloured material. However you can always request a replacement for cosmetic reasons at any time.
What are tooth-coloured fillings made of?
This can vary, but they are mainly made of glass particles, synthetic resin and a setting ingredient. Your dentist should be able to give you more information about the particular material they use.