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Why Are Silver Fillings Used As Standard?

23/11/2022

Silver fillings, which are made of a dental amalgam that contains a mixture of metals, is the most common material used for filling cavities. Dental amalgam consists of 50% mercury, explaining its strong, durable finish. Patients may wonder why amalgam is still used as standard when white fillings are so much more cosmetically pleasing.

Why Dentists Use Dental Amalgam For Fillings

  • Strong (less likely to break than other filling materials)
  • Long-lasting
  • Effective for patients at higher risk of tooth decay
  • Amalgam is the most affordable filling material on the market
  • Amalgam has been used for over 150 years in hundreds of millions of patients

Patients do have the choice to opt for white fillings, however, these are charged at a higher rate as they are seen as a cosmetic procedure. Dentists usually don’t recommend replacing amalgam fillings with white fillings without good reason, such as further tooth decay forming under or around an existing amalgam filling.

If you fear you need a filling or an old filling replacing, find out more about our white filling treatment and book an appointment at our Kettering clinic.

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