Most people have a filling. Over time even with the most diligent brushing and flossing cavities can form. And so, it is important to have regular check ups with your dentist to catch the cavities while they are small. Once a cavity has developed your dentist will likely recommend a filling. Traditionally fillings have been made of silver amalgam (a combination of silver with several other metals). But new composite resins have been developed that can be used to create white fillings.
Your Kingston upon Thames dentist recommends you weigh up the benefits that each type of filling offers. White fillings are almost invisible when you talk or laugh. The resin composite can be developed in a variety of different shades of white that can be matched closely to your natural teeth colour, assuring only the closest inspectors would ever be able to recognise them. While silver amalgam fillings are as not as cosmetically pleasing they are still the most durable type of filling, lasting several years, though white filling materials are increasingly beginning to match the endurance.
The process of having a white filling is fairly easy. When getting silver amalgam fillings the process is longer because your dentist will need to drill the tooth to create the correct shape for the filling. Resin composite has the advantage that it can mould to the given shape of the tooth, and so drilling is not normally necessary. When a choice is available, most people opt for white fillings for cosmetic and functional reasons. Silver amalgam fillings can be replaced with white fillings but it is best to wait until the old fillings fall out. Speak to your dentist about which type of fillings will best serve your needs.