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Amalgam / Gold Fillings

Dental amalgam is a dental filling material used to fill cavities caused by tooth decay. It has been used for more than 150 years in hundreds of millions of patients. Amalgam is a mixture of metals, consisting of liquid mercury and a powdered alloy composed of silver, tin, and copper. Approximately 50% of dental amalgam is elemental mercury by weight. Dental amalgam fillings are also known as “silver fillings” because of their silver-like appearance.

Gold fillings

Are constructed in a laboratory then cemented in place, they are strong a durable.

Why choose it?

Dental amalgam fillings are strong and long-lasting, so they are less likely to break than some other types of fillings. Dental amalgam is the least expensive type of filling material.

Disadvantages

  • More tooth tissue is removed.
  • 1% of people can have an allergy.
  • Sliver fillings carry a stigma but have been placed in millions of teeth for over 100 years
    The British Dental Health Foundation and other agencies say there is no proof they cause
    harm.
  • Other prominent agencies that have upheld the safety and utility of amalgam in recent
    years include the World Health Organization and FDI World Dental Federation2, Swedish
    Medical Research Council3, and the US Food and Drug Administration.
  • POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF PLACING NEW FILLINGS

    Sensitivity can be present after a filling has been placed. It can present with air/sweet things and sometimes pressure. These signs should subside within a few days. However if it is prolonged please contact your dentist. It may be that the filling is high and needs to be adjusted. If decay is present and close to the nerve of the tooth there is a chance that it may unsettle the nerve. In most cases they will settle but it is possible it will require root filling.

    In order for your fillings to last and protect the tooth, you need to maintain good oral hygiene, twice daily bushing/flossing and have a good balanced diet and avoid prolonged sugary food and drinks. Visit the dentist every 6 months.

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