A traditional repair for damaged teeth

Amalgam fillings are a well established and inexpensive way to repair tooth damage. They offer a highly effective way to restore the structure and functionality of a tooth, and are a tried and tested treatment, with most patients having a cavity that needs attention at some point in their lives. Amalgam is made from a combination of metals, including mercury, which is perfectly safe when in this alloy form.

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Why have an amalgam filling?

Amalgam fillings represent the most durable and long-lasting form of filling available.

They are the only type of filling provided through the NHS, as white composite fillings are considered to be cosmetic and therefore must be paid for. Amalgam fillings are extremely hard wearing, quicker to place than the composite equivalent and are much more affordable than alternative restorative methods. They remain a common choice for repairing decay.

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What does the treatment involve?

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The area to be treated is numbed with a local anaesthetic and the decayed part of the tooth removed with special dental tools.

A base or liner may be placed in the tooth to prevent sensitivity following the procedure.

The amalgam is mixed and then placed in the tooth. It is tightly compacted to ensure every part of the cavity is filled.

The amalgam is then shaped to resemble the tooth and, if necessary, it is smoothed down so it feels comfortable.

Frequently asked questions

  • The best way to look after your filling is to brush and floss regularly, keeping up with an excellent oral hygiene routine at home. It is also important to visit your dentist for regular check ups, so they can keep an eye on your restored tooth and make sure the rest of your teeth stay problem free.

  • If looked after properly, amalgam fillings can last for many 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.

  • You may find the filling procedure uncomfortable, but it shouldn’t hurt. We use local anaesthetic to numb the affected area in your mouth and prevent you from feeling any pain. We also ensure you are feeling relaxed and ready before we begin the treatment. Having an amalgam filling is a relatively quick and easy procedure and will be over before you know it.

  • As they are silver in colour, amalgam fillings are noticeable in your mouth, particularly when you laugh or talk. If you would prefer your filling to not be visible, you may wish to consider a composite filling instead. Please talk to us about your options.

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