SILVER FILLINGS (AMALGAM)

A filling replaces part of a tooth that has been lost because of decay or through accidental damage. “Silver” fillings are made of amalgam – a mixture of mercury with other metals, such as silver, tin and copper. Amalgam is soft at first, but quickly becomes very hard once placed in the tooth. A filling rebuilds the tooth so you can chew.If decay is left unchecked, it can spread into the tooth, causing pain and infection. This could mean the tooth has to be root filled or even taken out.A filling can end toothache or prevent toothache developing.

Your dentist will:

1. Usually numb the area around the tooth with an injection- but some small fillings may not need an anaesthetic

2. Remove any decay, together with any old filling material, using a small, high-speed drill

3. Remove any weak part of the tooth which might break later

4. Shape the hole, so that the tooth will hold the filling in place

5. Sometimes use tiny pins and screws to help hold the tooth and filling together (for a larger filling)

6. Put a lining underneath the filling if it is very deep, to make the tooth less sensitive to temperature changes

7. Press soft amalgam tightly into the hole – you might hear a squeak as it goes in

8. Carve the filling to fit the tooth (the dentist might put a thin metal band around the tooth when they are doing this to keep the amalgam in place while it is still soft)

9. Ask you to close your mouth gently on the filling to check that it is the right height and is comfortable

10. Polish the filling at the next visit, when it is completely hard.

At Mansion House Dental Practice, we endeavour to offer a high quality dental experience. Located in the heart of the City of London and within a short walk of Mansion House, Bank and Cannon Street underground stations, our practice aims to exceed your expectations whilst offering a warm and friendly service.

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