A filling is one of the most common dental treatments carried out by dentists in the UK. Fillings are used to fill holes formed in teeth as a result of decay or wear and tear.
Different types of fillings are used to treat different types of cavities in different areas of the mouth. Until recently, dental fillings were fairly standard, but with recent developments in technology, there are now a wide range of options available.
Types of treatment
Dental amalgam fillings were for many years the most common type of filling used in the UK and throughout the world. These grey metallic fillings may be very tough and durable but they are not particularly attractive. They also contain mercury which, in the light of recent research, isn't at all desirable.
However, with advances in dental technology, dental amalgam fillings are gradually being replaced by high quality dental composite, tooth coloured fillings.
Typical costs and prices
In a private UK dental clinic, the average prices of fillings can range from £200 to £500 and upwards. The cost depends on the dentist used and the materials from which the fillings are made.
If you are lucky enough to be a national health patient, a filling will cost in the region of £20.00 to £50.30, although you will pay more for anything other than a standard filling.
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