Having a tooth filled is an incredibly common dental procedure, used to treat dental cavities and damage.
There are two types of filling – silver amalgam and white composite.
Amalgam fillings are a well-established and inexpensive way to repair tooth damage. They offer a highly effective way to restore the structure and functionality of a tooth, particularly the back teeth. This type of filling has been used for over 180 years, so it has been tried and tested on millions of mouths. Amalgam fillings are the traditional choice, made from a combination of metals including tin, copper, silver and mercury. When in this alloy form, mercury is perfectly safe.
Composite fillings offer an aesthetic repair, rebuilding teeth and restoring them back to full functionality. Dental composite is a type of resin made from a mixture of glass and plastic which, when hardened, looks just like dental enamel. It can be colour-matched to blend in perfectly with the natural tooth.