Fillings are used to repair a cavity in your tooth caused by decay.
The most common type of filling is dental amalgam, made from a mixture of mercury and different metals. Dental amalgam fillings are often used on your back teeth as they are hard-wearing.
Here at Guilden Sutton Dental Practice we will offer you the type of filling most appropriate for your clinical needs.
Fillings on the NHS can be made of:
- amalgam (silver-coloured) – a mixture of metals including mercury, silver, tin, and copper
- composite (tooth-coloured) – powdered glass and ceramic added to a resin base; they are not as hard-wearing as amalgam fillings
- glass ionomer (tooth-coloured) – powdered glass, which reacts chemically with your tooth and bonds to it. These fillings are used on baby (first) teeth or around the sides of teeth