Fillings

Frequently Asked Questions

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We use fillings to replace part of a tooth that has been lost due to decay or accidental damage. Fillings rebuild your tooth to its natural form to relieve pain, maintain function and restore appearance.


Silver fillings are also known as amalgam fillings. Amalgam is an alloy (mixture) of silver, tin, zinc, copper and mercury. Amalgam fillings are used to fill the holes in your teeth created by decay. This type of filling has been used safely and effectively for more than 150 years.


In order to remove decay most teeth would require local anaesthetic. There are some incidences where this may not be necessary i.e. root filled teeth or shallow cavities.


White fillings are available on the NHS if they are clinically appropriate. However, sometimes sliver-coloured (amalgam) fillings may be a more durable option.