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Derek Reffin

I would have no hesitation in recommending this patient-focused dynamic practice.

Derek Reffin
16 January 2016
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Silver/Amalgam/Mercury Fillings

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A variety of factors are important when deciding on the type of filling most appropriate for restoring a tooth. These will include the size of the filling, its location, cosmetic concerns and, of course, cost. The dentist will be only too pleased to discuss the options so that an informed decision can be made.

Dental amalgam fillings are made from a compound of metals and having a filling is among the most common dental procedures. These fillings have been used as the treatment of choice to fix dental cavities and tooth decay for more than 150 years. It is estimated that, across the world, about 1 billion amalgam fillings are placed annually.

What are amalgam fillings?

  • Dental amalgam comprises a mixture of metals, of which approximately 50% is mercury in its liquid form. The other metals used can include tin, silver and copper.
  • The fillings themselves are silver in colour, which often leads to them being referred to as “silver” fillings.
  • They benefit from being very strong, making them particularly suitable for teeth at the back of the mouth. Here they will also be less visible than in the front teeth.
  • Mercury is used to bind the other metals together. It also provides much of the strength. The material is very easy for dentists to manipulate and shape to fill cavities.

If you opt for an amalgam filling, your dentist will remove the decayed area of your tooth and shape the cavity ready to be filled before placing the amalgam filling material.

Life benefits

  • Least expensive form of filling
  • Strong and durable
  • Quick to apply
  • Last for many years

We will be more than happy to discuss the various options you have in regard to fillings so please feel free to ask us any questions and we can address any concerns you may have.

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