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Hi,
I would really appreciate if you could provide with an informed opinion about a dentist service. I need a front tooth filling (repair of a small piece of front tooth) and my dentist told me I have 2 options: NHS (£47) and private (£80). The difference, he says, lies on the quality of the filling material. I know this kind of fillings can last over 20 years and look like natural teeth ant that’s what I’m looking for (but I don’t want an unfair cost). Could you explain me the real differences better, please? What’s your advice if you could afford both treatments? Thanks a lot

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There are two main differences
Firstly the material
'White' fillings are a composite of glass filler particles and resin and the formulation and layering of different shades of these will affect how they mimic natural teeth
One rule of thumb is that the best looking materials tend to be the least strong and may not be as durable as you have read. The material can stain, chip or discolour
I would expect white fillings in front tooth to look perfect for a year or so Look good for 5 years and but will last longer if you can accept a less than perfect appearance
Secondly is the dentist's skill in preparing the tooth, bonding and placement of the resin filling to hide the margin of the filling and mimic nature
You could spend many hundreds of pounds to get the best cosmetic dentist to produce a perfect result which could take over an hour of surgery time to complete with possibly a second visit for final finishing of the filling and polishing to give a perfect match
The NHS has a set fee for each treatment and the dentist will have to do the best job in the time he can allow for that fee

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Answered on 23/06/2011 12:00 am
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If you want it to match really well and your dentist is really skilled , their time can be £300 an hour (consider the staff and equipment they need to operate and all the cost )

If you look at it like this you will find that £80 is too cheap to make sure it is polished and the closest match possible . If they buy the best materials , they cost £30 a tube and they will need up to 3 unique colours at least that have a shelf life of 2 years and they may never use them again , so £80 is cheap .

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