Tooth Coloured Fillings at Ambience Dental Practice in Swindon

For over 150 years standard fillings have been made out of a silver-grey material called Ďamalgamí. This is considered one of the strongest and longest lasting materials available for fillings. However, Many people find them unattractive and some are concerned about possible heath risks.

White fillings are now a popular alternative as they are tooth coloured. They come in a range of colours so they can be matched to the colour of your own teeth. In most cases, it is almost impossible to see that the tooth actually has a filling. Unlike silver (amalgam) fillings, white fillings stick to teeth so they can be used to reshape or rebuild broken edges or worn teeth. They can also be used to cover marks if they canít be removed by cleaning.

A tooth needs less preparation for a white filling than for a silver filling.

White fillings may not be suitable for large fillings on back teeth, so an alternative could be inlays and onlays.

Inlays and Onlays

You can have an inlay or an onlay instead of fillings. Inlays and onlays are made outside of the mouth usually in a dental laboratory, and then cemented into the mouth at the surgery.

Inlays and onlays can be made in tooth-coloured porcelain, gold or a material called composite.

Inlays and onlays are strong and can last longer than fillings. They are especially suitable for the chewing surface of back teeth.

The dentist can match the colour to your other teeth.