What will happen during my filling appointment?

If your dental practitioner notices decay in a tooth, or a deficiency with one of your existing restorations (fillings), they will advise restoring the cavity with either an amalgam (silver) filling or a tooth coloured/white filling. Your dentist will provide you with an estimate of your dental treatment costs for both options.

What is the difference between silver and white fillings?

Both materials are now comparable in longevity and strength. The difference in your mouth is cosmetic appearance (aesthetics). In situations where a cavity is small, an adhesive tooth coloured filling may be the ideal choice, but these can also be used in medium sized cavities on front or back teeth.

Amalgam (silver) fillings are suited to medium to large sized cavities. If you would prefer a tooth coloured filling in a larger cavity your dental practitioner may advise you to consider an inlay/onlay.

Fillings are available in silver which is composed of mercury, silver, tin and other metals known as amalgam. Amalgam does not bond or stick to teeth and relies on there being enough tooth to hold the filling in.

White fillings (tooth coloured fillings) are a more modern dental material and these can bond to tooth material and match the colour, texture and shape of your teeth.

Information for Patients

Covid-19 and Dental Services

We are committed to  protecting our staff and patients, and have adapted our existing practices to make it as Covid secure as possible.

We are screening all patients for symptoms of Covid-19 prior to their visit, and are delighted to introduce our online patient portal, so you can access the forms we would routinely update in the comfort of your own home. This helps us reduce the number of patients in the practice and your time during face to face appointments.

We will ask you to wear a face mask prior to entry unless you are exempt for any reason. Please be aware, we treat extremely clinically  vulnerable patients and are trying to protect them as much as possible.

If you have any symptoms of Covid-19 or feel unwell for any reason, please do inform a member of our team and we can adjust our procedures accordingly to protect our team and other patients.

For advice and treatment outside of our normal working hours please phone The Lancashire Dental Helpline on 0300 1234 010.

We have provided some emergency care advice for our patients to help: https://idealdentalcare.co.uk/home/during-covid-19-period-dental-emergency-advice-for-patients/

For public information please use the link: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

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