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What are amalgam fillings?

Silver fillings are actually made of a combination of metals including silver, tin, copper and mercury. They are often referred to as amalgam fillings. Some people have concerns about the safety of amalgam fillings. This is because, in large enough doses, mercury is toxic. Very small amounts of mercury collect in our bodies from a number of sources including the environment, our food and our amalgam fillings.


It is estimated that amalgam fillings account for a sixth of the average daily amount - about nine millionths of a gram. Extensive research has been done to investigate the effect of amalgam fillings on general health. No harmful effects from amalgam fillings have been shown and the World Health Organisation supports the continued use of amalgam fillings.


The advantage of using amalgam is that it is extremely durable and able to withstand the grinding and chewing of the molar teeth over long periods of time. However, a very small number of people are allergic to metals in amalgam and may need to have an alternative restoration.


Amalgam free fillings

A Holistic approach to dentistry is the use of tooth-coloured fillings that match the colour of the teeth, making them a natural-looking alternative to amalgam fillings and with the added benefit of avoiding any possible toxins caused by the mercury levels in traditional amalgam fillings.

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