Replacing Silver Mercury Amalgam Fillings

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Replacing silver mercury fillings is something that is now done routinely.


Dental amalgam is used to repair cavities caused by tooth decay. It’s not new. Dentists a century and a half ago were using it. About half of amalgam is made of mercury, the rest from other metals such as silver and tin. Dentists say it is the strongest, cheapest and longest-lasting filling in the business. The NHS won’t pay for back teeth to be filled with anything else. But in the past 20 years mercury has been identified as an environmental hazard and linked to Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, kidney and brain damage.

Two months ago the Minamata Convention on mercury, a treaty agreed by the UN Environmental Programme, committed itself to reducing mercury use worldwide, including in dentistry. Should you worry about having a mouthful of mercury?


No mainstream dental organisations recommend you replace your amalgam fillings as long as they are in good condition and there is no decay beneath them. But there are certain things you should be aware of to make your decision.

It is difficult to see decay on xrays around amalgam/mercury fillings untill the decay becomes quite large.

The use of amalgam fillings is being reduced worldwide – with some countries progressing to ban it altogether.

Teeth with large amalgam fillings are unisghtly and are more prone to fracturing.

So, i’ve decided I want to replace my silver fillings?


Very simple. We use fabolous kit and technology that aids in the safer removal of amalgam and its debris. We wil go through any queries you may have and concerns we may have before any treatment is carried out to ensure you are fully aware of what will happen. Come and see us for a free comprehensive consultation, where we will learn more about you and together decide what the next step should be.


As an environmentally conscious practice we also take care with handling our amalgam waste, to protect nature from its toxicity.

We take pride in educating our patients in what their treatment entails.

If you’d like some background reading to help you make your decision, please complete the form below and we’ll post out an information pack for you. Thank You.


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