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 don’t want silver fillings that show when they laugh or smile because they are more conscious about the way they look.
Because many white fillings are only available privately, costs can vary quite a lot from dentist to dentist. Costs usually depend on the size and type of white filling used and the time it takes to complete the treatment. The dentist will be able to give you an idea of the cost before you agree to treatment.
It is usually best to change fillings only when your dentist decides that an old filling needs replacing. If so you can ask to have it replaced in a tooth-coloured material. However, many people choose to have their amalgam fillings replaced for various reasons such as cosmetics or health reasons. Although white fillings cost more than amalgam fillings they have a great advantage of looking better but they may have the added advantage of saving more tooth. White fillings bond directly to the underlying tooth unlike amalgam which requires mechanical retention to keep the filling in place. As a result a silver filling may require more tooth to be removed to help keep the filling in place