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The Ultimate Guide to Fillings

Looking to make savings on both emergency and routine dental fillings? Why not get them done on holiday as part of our maintenance regime. It’s not as daft as it sounds – you’ll save a lot of money, plus you’ll be taking care of your teeth, which will benefit both your health and your bank balance in the long-term.

It’s a fact that you are less likely to suffer with major dental health issues (which are expensive to correct) if you keep up with a regular maintenance regime, which includes check-ups every 6 or 12 months.

What are dental fillings?

Dental fillings are used to restore the anatomy of the tooth that has been damaged by dental decay, or trauma. Fillings may be either direct or indirect.

  • Direct fillings are when the filling material is placed directly onto the tooth. The filling material may be made from:

1:            Amalgam (silver fillings)

2:            Composite resin (tooth-colored fillings)

3:            Resin Ionomer

4:            Glass Ionomer

  • Indirect fillings are usually made in a dental laboratory and cemented onto the tooth. These can be made from

1:            Ceramic (porcelain)

2:            Gold Alloy

3:            Base metal Alloy

What are the benefits of dental fillings?

If the tooth has been damaged through decay or fracture then bacteria is able to access the insider of the tooth. Tooth-unfriendly sugars, bacteria and starches erode the tooth structure and cause infections. Dental fillings help to restore the damaged tooth and

  • Prevent or limit further damage to the tooth structure
  • Help to prevent nerve damage
  • Help to prevent tooth loss 

Why are Dental Filling treatments suitable for Dental Tourists?

Contrary to popular belief, dental tourists do not necessarily have to be booking a trip for an expensive ‘big ticket’ procedure. In fact, there are many holidaymakers who decide to get dental care while they are away because they’ve seen how inexpensive it is, or because they have had to get emergency dental care.

Dental fillings are an inexpensive option – costing a fraction of the prices at home – and the downtime out of your holiday is only a few hours.

With all the controversy currently surrounding amalgam fillings, if you are seriously considering having yours replaced then you will save a lot of money by traveling to a dental tourism location.

What is the procedure for a dental filling?

1:            The dentist will examine the tooth to assess the extent of the damage

2:            A local anaesthetic will be administered to numb the area around the tooth

3:            The dentist will begin to remove the damaged parts of the tooth once the numbing has taken effect (usually after 5 minutes, or so) and the tooth will be prepared for the filling

4:            The filling is placed inside the tooth and will be shaped, smoothed and polished

5:            The dentist will ask you to bite, adjusting the filling until it feels comfortable

What are the cost of Dental Fillings for Dental Tourists?

Prices vary depending on what material is used, and how large the filling is. Average prices for a white, composite filling are in the region of:


In the United States, dental fillings cost, on average, $155

At a Mexico dentist, they cost $51


In the United Kingdom, dental fillings cost £1116

At a Thailand dentist, they cost £30


In Australia, dental fillings cost AUD $202

At a Bali dentist, they cost AUD $73

If you are worried about the health risks of amalgam fillings, and are considering having all yours removed, then you can see you will pay considerably less for replacing them with white fillings in many of these popular dental tourist countries.

What about the quality of dental care? Is it reliable?

As dental tourist is so commonplace now, it’s easy to make the assumption that you don’t have to do any rudimentary checks to assess whether the clinic and/or dentist you are considering going to is reliable.

Dentists training throughout the world is very similar. Globalization and cross-border training ensures that similar standards are adhered to in many countries – from applying recognized techniques, using renowned materials and following established health and safety protocols.

However, it is always wise to do some background research to ensure any dentist you visit has the right credentials for the procedure you require. We know it’s daunting to consider this, which is why we have already done the hard work. Our checks are thorough – and we do onsite visits, verify dentist qualifications and professional memberships, as well as collecting real patient reviews which we publish on our website. Alongside prices, maps and other information we offer our patients a free resource packed full of information to help you come to an informed decision about choosing a dentist abroad.

We also offer additional services and a ‘one-stop-shop’ for your dental trip – so you can speak to us about hotels and nearby accommodation, insurance and even financial products that can help you make the trip for your dental care.

In conclusion:

At Dental Departures, we’ve partnered with almost 5,000 dentists in 35 countries – giving you a comprehensive selection so that you are bound to find somewhere you’d like to spend some time visiting.

For further information don’t hesitate to contact our knowledgeable Customer Care Team who will be happy to answer any questions you have about dentures, or any of our dental clinics – and if you’re ready to book you can book online or call us. See below for further information.

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This article is meant for information purposes only and is not intended to be dental advice or instructions for dental diagnosis or treatment. Please consult with your dentist or a qualified dental professional before starting or changing dental treatment.

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