General Dentistry » Amalgam Filling
Having a filling is one of the most common dental procedures. We suggest that White Fillings preserve tooth tissue and are more aesthetically pleasing. However, amalgam fillings are offered as an NHS treatment.
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 which stain teeth with time.
- The earliest filling material used in dentistry.
- They are a cheap alternative to white fillings.
Your dentist will remove the decayed area of your tooth and shape the cavity ready to be filled.
Your dentist will mix the powdered metal alloy with the liquid mercury, creating an easy-to-work-with amalgam putty. This is then placed in the cavity and shaped as necessary to create the filling.Back to Treatments