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There are two main types of filling:
The main difference between the two is that one is placed immediately, and the other is placed on a second appointment. Indirect fillings offer a more durable, better-fitting result at a cost and a slower pace.
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There are several dental filling materials for patients to choose from, each with its benefits.
Patients have the choice of gold, porcelain, silver amalgam or tooth-coloured plastic (composite resin fillings).
But how do you know which type is the best for you? Often, it can be down to the patient’s choice.
However, the extent of the decay, cost and our dentist’s recommendations all assist in finding the best choice for you.
If there’s one thing we understand better than most, it’s that patients like to be educated on the types of treatment available and then, with our recommendation, have the freedom to decide on their course of care.
So, we’ve created the below comparison table to highlight the benefits of each filling type, so you can have a good idea of what to expect before coming in for your appointment.
White fillings are a favoured choice simply because they tend to last for a good period and look more aesthetically pleasing in the mouth.
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From Chelsea to our clinic in Maida Vale, it is a short 24-minute tube journey using the District/Circle and Bakerloo lines. Our clinic is based a short five-minute walk from Maida Vale tube station.
If you are planning to drive to our practice from Chelsea, it’s only three miles away and will typically take around 16 minutes.
Paid parking is available using ParkBee on Lanark Road (the road right next to the practice). We are a two-minute walk from Maida Vale tube station for public transport users.
It depends on the filling you choose. The longest-lasting fillings are gold and amalgam silver, lasting up to 15 years. Tooth-coloured fillings can last a long time with proper care, however, they are known to have shorter longevity of around 5-10 years.
Undeniably, tooth-coloured, white fillings are the most popular choice for our London patients, for very obvious reasons. However, each filling type has its own benefits, but at the end of the day, the decision tends to boil down to the finished look and aesthetics of the tooth. And as tooth-coloured fillings keep more of the natural tooth intact, they could be considered a better option to preserve as much of the original tooth as possible.
While it's not uncommon for patients to be nervous or fear having a cavity filled, it's not common for the procedure to be painful. You'll likely feel in far worse pain with toothache from dental decay than you would from having the issue rectified.
Many traditional fillings like silver require the tooth's overall structure and shape to be modified to make room for the filling. This ultimately weakens the overall structure of the tooth. However, in cases of tooth-coloured composites, these keep much of the underlying tooth intact compared to their counterparts.
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