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Amalgam Fillings

Amalgam fillings are a well-established and inexpensive way to repair tooth decay or damage. They offer a highly effective way to restore the structure and functionality of a tooth, particularly the back teeth. This type of filling has been used for over 150 years, so it has been tried and tested on millions of mouths.

Having a filling is an extremely common procedure (around 8 million cavities are treated with amalgam fillings each year in the UK) and most of us, at some point in our lives, will have a cavity that needs attention. Amalgam fillings are the traditional choice, made from a combination of metals including tin, copper, silver and mercury. Though the inclusion of mercury has attracted some controversy, a number of scientific studies have concluded that it has no adverse side effects.

An alternative type of filling would be used for those patients who have an allergy to any of the metals within the amalgam and would also be recommended for women who require treatment while they are pregnant.


Treatment steps

If looked after properly, amalgam fillings can last for years and are particularly suitable for teeth that are subjected to lots of wear and tear, such as those at the back of the mouth. Less noticeable composite (white) fillings can be to treat decayed teeth but these can be more expensive and less durable.

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