If you’re lucky enough to have an NHS dentist should an emergency arise where you need a filling replacing, you won’t be left with a huge dent in your wallet. If however you cannot get NHS dental treatment, then you will have no choice but to see a private dentist who can charge astronomical prices.
How much is a tooth filling?
There are two types of tooth filling – the first is a non-white filling usually made of silver which is the cheapest option. The second is a white filling made of a synthetic resin; white fillings are also classed as cosmetic and are usually done privately and cost much more than the silver ones.
NHS dentist prices are fixed and changed by the department of health usually every year. The current cost for a small non-white filling with an NHS dentist is £45.60. A white filling done privately will set you back £100 or more per tooth and private dentistry prices can vary a lot.
Do-It-Yourself teeth filling
If you’re feeling the pinch, you may want to try to fix the filling yourself – it’s not complicated and you can buy a kit that contains everything you need. A DIY tooth filling kit usually consists of a mixing pot, a powder and a liquid. All you have to do is mix the powder and the liquid to form a resin and fill in the tooth with the supplied tools. The filling will be white and unnoticeable to others at a fraction of the cost. With proper care and oral hygiene, the filling could last years.
Most dentists do not recommend this but the fees they currently charge are ridiculous so if you can save some money you may as well give it try a try. Of course there are some things which you can do by yourself and others which you can’t and will need to seek professional help but if you can get a diy tooth filling kit over the counter, then it must have gone through rigorous testing to make sure that they are suitable for what they are intended to do and are safe to use as well, otherwise they wouldn’t be allowed to be sold at pharmacists. The filling kit for tooth costs around £5 and it’s not much different than the one which you get at a private dentist.
If you have applied the tooth filling loosely, then it may come out in a few weeks or months and you will have to do the whole process again. Remember to avoid sticky food like toffee because they will make your tooth filling come out easily and if it does come out, then you will still have not lost a lot of money and can get another done which will hopefully last a bit longer this time.