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Amalgam Fillings

Dental amalgam is the traditional silver colour fillings we are all familiar with. Mercury Amalgam is still the only material provided on the NHS for filling the biting surface (occlusal) of back teeth. Tooth coloured (white) fillings can be provided privately, although there are circumstances where your dentist would not be able to provide white fillings where an amalgam filling can be placed – although there are often other alternative such as crowns or inlays.

Advantages of Amalgam

Disadvantages of Amalgam

Concerns over Amalgam

Mercury Amalgam has been used in dentistry for over 150 years. The material out of favour in recent years with fears over the effects of the mercury on the body. Despite countless researchers investigating this, there has been no link found between the filling material and any systemic disease. The most recent, significant update in dental amalgam came from the US Food and Drug Administration FDA, who in July 2009 stated “he levels released by dental amalgam fillings are not high enough to cause harm in patients” ( Amalgam as a dental material has been banned in several Scandinavian countries, including Sweden, however this has primarily been for environmental reasons. Measures within the UK reduce the amount of mercury that is produced by a dental surgery from reaching the water system.

The material is mixed in the surgery, a powder containing, amongst other things, Silver and Tin. Once combined, the composition chemically changes from a powder/liquid mix, to a solid alloy. The mercury chemically combines with the other components such that little or no free mercury remains.

Alternatives to Amalgam

The most popular alternative remains composite (tooth coloured) fillings, although for certain teeth these are only available privately. See here for more details.


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