Cosmetic Fillings in Manchester

Understanding Composite Fillings

Learn about composite fillings, a popular choice for restoring decayed or damaged teeth, offering a natural look that matches your tooth color.

Procedure Insights

Discover the step-by-step process of how composite fillings are applied, showcasing the advanced techniques used to enhance dental health and aesthetics.

Pros and Cons

Explore the advantages and disadvantages of composite fillings versus traditional amalgam fillings, providing a detailed comparison to help you make informed decisions.

Practical Considerations

Information on the availability and cost of composite fillings, including NHS coverage and pricing, to guide you through the financial aspects of your dental care choice.

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Cosmetic fillings – an Introduction

Welcome to our in-depth guide on composite fillings, a modern solution for restoring your smile and enhancing dental health. Discover what composite fillings are, how they’re done, and their advantages and disadvantages compared to traditional amalgam fillings. We’ve included all the essential information, including availability through the NHS and cost considerations, to help you make informed decisions about your dental care.

What is a cosmetic Filling?

A Cosmetic Filling more often than not refers to a filling made from tooth coloured material, built to blend in with the natural tooth structure. Composite fillings, often referred to as white or cosmetic fillings, are made from a tooth-colored resin material. They provide a more natural appearance compared to silver amalgam fillings, blending seamlessly with your natural teeth. Composite fillings are ideal for repairing cavities, fractures, and decay in your teeth while maintaining aesthetics.

How are Composite Fillings Done?

In this section we will demonstrate the steps in placing a composite filling

What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Composite Fillings

Advantages Disadvantages
✓ Aesthetics – Mimics natural tooth color and appearance. ✗Durability – May not last as long as amalgam fillings under heavy wear.
✓ Bonding – Adheres well to tooth structure, providing additional support. ✗Cost – Generally more expensive than amalgam fillings due to high material cost and time investment
✓ Versatility -Suitable for repairing front and back teeth. ✗Sensitivity – Some patients may experience sensitivity post-treatment.
✓ Less Invasive – Often requires less tooth removal compared to amalgam fillings. ✗Technique Sensitive – Requires time, technique and moisture isolation to get a good long term result

What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Amalgam Fillings

Advantages Disadvantages
✓ Durability – Known for their strength, particularly in back teeth. ✗Colour -The metallic color doesn’t match natural teeth.
✓ Cost Effective – Significantly less expensive than composite fillings. ✗Unsupportive– Amalgams don’t support the remaining tooth structure and can cause tooth structure to crack due to expansion and contraction.
✓ Longevity – Can last 10 to 15 years with proper care. ✗Ingredients – Contains mercury, raising health concerns for some individuals.
✓ Less Technique sensitive– More forgiving and easier to produce a good long term result ✗Ingredients – Contains mercury, raising health concerns for some individuals.

Before and After Composite Filling

Check out before and after images of composite fillings to see the transformation they can bring to your smile

Composite - After
Composite - After
Composite - After
Amalgam - Before
Amalgam - Before
  • Can composite fillings be used for all cavities? Composite fillings are versatile but may not be suitable for all situations, especially where the cavity is large. How long do composite fillings last? Typically, they last 5 to 10 years, depending on the location and how well they are maintained. Are there any special care instructions? Regular dental hygiene practices like brushing, flossing, and routine check-ups are essential.

    NHS composite fillings are often available if you need a filling in one of your front teeth (incisors and canines), the filling material of choice may be a white filling.

    If the filling is in one of your back teeth (such as molars and premolars), for a large filling the more clinically effective option may be an amalgam filling (a silver-coloured material).

    Your dentist can explain the options to you in advance.

    If you prefer to have the white filling or any other cosmetic filling options, your dentist will be able to advise you on the private costs for such treatments, and the risks and benefits associated with it.

    For more detailed information on NHS fillings, visit the official NHS website on dental health services (NHS fillings and crowns) and NHS dental services availability.

  • How much are composite fillings?

    The cost of composite fillings can vary based on the extent of the work needed. Private treatment costs can be found on our website under dental charges. For NHS patients, the cost falls into the Band 2 treatment category.

  • Can composite fillings be used for all cavities?

    Composite fillings are versatile but may not be suitable for all situations, especially where the cavity is large.

  • How long do composite fillings last?

    Typically, they last 5 to 10 years, depending on the location and how well they are maintained.

  • Are there any special care instructions?

    Regular dental hygiene practices like brushing, flossing, and routine check-ups are essential.

What customers say about us.

The Vallance Dental Centre IconThe Vallance Dental Centre

Brunswick Street, Manchester

4.8 ★★★★★ 850 reviews

  • Avatar Homairah Saleem ★★★★★ a week ago
    I recently visit Dr G.Cheesman dental clinic, and I can't praise the experience enough! From the moment I walked in, the staff was welcoming and professional, making me feel at ease immediately. The clinic itself is modern, clean, and equipped with the latest technology.
    Dr.G.Cheesman is exceptional took the time to explain every procedure in detail and answered all my questions patiently. His expertise made even the most daunting procedures comfortable and pain-free.
    What sets this clinic
    … More apart is their genuine care for patients. Follow-up calls to check on my recovery after a procedure and personalized attention made me feel truly valued. I highly recommend Dr.G.Cheesman to anyone seeking top-notch dental care. This is the best dental experience I've ever had, and I will definitely be returning for all my future dental needs! A special thanks to my lovely nurse Cath, she was holding my hand throughout the procedure and reassured me as well. Thank you from the bottom of my heart ❤️
  • Avatar Sian Gilmartin ★★★★★ a week ago
    A big thank you to the wonderful staff at the Vallance Centre. Debbie at reception is always so helpful. This evening, Dr. Cheesman and Sue replaced my fillings, making me feel completely at ease. I’m so happy with the results!
  • Avatar Sophia Rowlston ★★★★★ a week ago
    I've been with this practice for many years since moving to the Manchester area and I wouldn't want to go anywhere else! The receptionists are always really helpful and try to accommodate where they can.
    The dentists are especially good with my 4 year old daughter who was terrified of dentists originally but now happily jumps into the chair and puts on the glasses. We can always get family appointment times to suit us all together and it's never a long wait for an appointment for
    … More any treatment.
    Today I had some fillings performed by Darren and Pauline and they were brilliant - both very thorough, friendly and professional.
  • Avatar Stephanie Woodward ★★★★★ 3 weeks ago
    Fantastic service from the team! It was easy to get booked in, and every member of the team were polite, friendly and very knowledgeable. A special mention for Amy who made my 5yr old really comfortable, even counting the teeth of his toy, and Catherine who gives the best stickers! Highly recommend
  • Avatar Paul Malamed ★★★★★ 4 weeks ago
    My dentist is Amy, assisted by Catherine. They were both charming, caring and sensitive to my needs. I have multiple issues with my teeth, but Amy and Catherine put me totally at ease, and help me to cope. Amy is honest and kind in her approach to patients. I trust her completely because I know she has my best interests at heart. I recommend The Vallance Dental Centre 100%. I also feel very lucky to have Amy as my dentist. She is a professional who cares.
  • Avatar Kingsley Li ★★★★★ 4 weeks ago
    Highly recommend Eesha and Catherine! They were exceptional on Friday. and much better than any hygienist I’ve tried. My teeth look fantastic and feel really clean, and he clearly communicated what he was doing at all times which really helped me to feel at ease. After he was done he took the time to give me some great tips on brushing/flossing too.🤝🤝🤝


Composite fillings offer a modern and aesthetic solution for dental restorations. If you’re considering composite fillings or have more questions, don’t hesitate to reach out. Contact us by email, phone, or by filling in our contact form to schedule your consultation and take the first step towards a healthier, more radiant smile.