Fillings are necessary to repair tooth cavities and protect against further decay. First Practice offer two alternative types of fillings; the traditional amalgam fillings; or newer, white composite fillings for a more natural looking smile.

Options Available:

Amalgam fillings are the only type of filling provided through the NHS – composite fillings are considered to be ‘cosmetic’ and therefore must be paid for. Whilst composite (tooth coloured) fillings are becoming more popular, although amalgam fillings represent one of the most durable and long-lasting form of filling available.

Amalgam fillings:

Dental amalgam is the traditional silver-coloured filling we are all familiar with. Although there is mercury in dental amalgam, once it is combined with the other materials in the amalgam filling its chemical nature is changed rendering it harmless.

Composite fillings:

Composite fillings are more difficult to place than silver fillings and so take longer to complete -they are not tolerant of poor technique! However, the main advantages of composite fillings are their aesthetic appeal and that they are mercury free.