What are they?

A filling replaces part of a tooth that has been lost because of decay or an accident.  ‘Silver’ fillings are made of amalgam – a mixture of mercury with other metals, such as silver, tin or copper.  Amalgam is soft at first, but quickly becomes very hard once placed in the tooth.


What happens?

Your dentist will;

  • usually numb the area around the tooth with an injection – but some small fillings may not need an anaesthetic.
  • Remove any decay, together with any old filling material, using a small high-speed drill.
  • Remove any weak part of the tooth which might break later.
  • Shape the hole, so that the tooth will hold the filling in place.
  • Sometimes use  tiny pins and screws to help hold the tooth and filling together (for a larger filling).

The benefits

  • A filling rebuilds the tooth so you can chew properly.
  • If decay is left unchecked, it can spread into the tooth, causing pain and infection.  This could mean the tooth has to be root filled or even taken out
  • A filling can end toothache or prevent toothache developing.
  • Amalgam fillings have been in use for more than a century and because they are very strong they are useful for restoring molars where chewing pressure is greatest.

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