Fillings

Fillings are material used to fill holes (cavities) that have formed in your teeth, usually as a result of decay.

There are two types of filling material - amalgam (silver) and composite (tooth-coloured).

Before your filling is placed, your dentist will remove the decayed parts of your tooth and clean the cavity. Amalgam fillings are made of a combination of metals including silver, tin, copper and mercury. Amalgam is extremely hard-wearing and can last for 15 to 20 years. Composite fillings can be used instead of amalgam as a natural-looking alternative. They are often used in teeth that show when you smile or talk. Your dentist will be able to advise you on which type of filling is most suitable.

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