Amalgam Fillings

 

What are amalgam fillings?

Amalgam or silver fillings are the metal coloured fillings that

many people have. Amalgam was the traditional material used

for fillings for many years however they do contain small amounts

of mercury.

 

Why should I consider white fillings?

Most people have fillings of one sort or another in their mouths.

Nowadays fillings are not only functional, but can be natural

looking as well. Many people don’t want silver fillings that show

when they laugh or smile because they are more conscious about

the way they look.

 

Are they as good as silver amalgam fillings?

White fillings have always been considered less long lasting than silver amalgam fillings. But there are now new materials available with properties comparable to silver amalgam, and these are proving to be very successful. The life expectancy of a white filling can depend greatly on where it is in your mouth and how heavily your teeth come together when you bite. Your dentist can advise you on the life expectancy of your fillings.

 

Is it worth replacing my amalgam fillings with white ones?

It is usually best to change fillings only when your dentist decides that an old filling needs replacing. If so you can ask to have it replaced in a tooth-coloured material.

 

What are tooth-coloured fillings made of?

This can vary, but they are mainly made of glass particles, synthetic resin and a setting ingredient. Your dentist should be able to give you more information about the particular material that they use.

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