Amalgam fillings have been used for over 150 years and are made of a combination of metals including silver, tin, copper and mercury. The inclusion of mercury has caused some controversy, but numerous scientific studies have dismissed any link between its use and any adverse health effects. Amalgam fillings are also inexpensive, durable and quicker to place than other types of fillings.
However, amalgam fillings are not recommended for pregnant women or children under the age of 15.
If you would prefer to have tooth coloured fillings rather than metal, your dentist will be happy to discuss the pros and cons with you along with all associated costs.
Composite/white fillings offer an alternative to grey metal amalgam and can give a natural appearance to the tooth. Dental composites don’t contain mercury and are composed of a combination of a resin and an inorganic filler such as silica. The material bonds to the tooth and is more aesthetically pleasing than the traditional dental amalgam (silver fillings).
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