What are metal fillings?
A metal filling is used to repair a tooth that has suffered decay or trauma. Most metal fillings are dental amalgam — a stable alloy made with about 50% mercury, silver, tin, copper and other metals.
Why would I need them replaced?
There are a few reasons why you might consider replacing your amalgam fillings with white fillings:
- You might be concerned about the mercury content of your filling
- For aesthetic reasons - to improve your smile with a more natural look
- If you have decay underneath the filling
- If your filling is more than ten years old
- If the filling is worn or broken
- If you have toothache in that tooth (which may be caused by the filling).
What happens during the procedure?
Before your procedure you will have a consultation with our dentist who will explain the procedure in full. Once you are happy, the procedure will begin. Our dentist will administer a local aneasthetic to minimise any discomfort before removing and replacing your filling/s.
What are the side effects or risks?
There has been concern in recent years that the vapour released by mercury could be harmful to health. We would recommend that you talk to our dentist and conduct your own research to reach a decision that you are happy with. If your amalgam fillings are in good condition and there is no decay beneath them, you might cause more harm by replacing them because drilling out amalgam will make you lose more healthy tooth, and the process will expose you to considerably more mercury vapour than if you leave the filling.
What results can I typically expect?
If you decide to go ahead with replacing your metal fillings with white fillings, you can expect the replacements to give you a more natural, whiter smile.
Why Choose Zenith?
- Award winning Dental team
- Convenient City Centre location
- Free parking
- Latest dental equipment and techniques
- Registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC)
- Full member of the British College of Aesthetic Medicine (BCAM)
- Range of payment options available