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Silver fillings

Decayed or damaged teeth can be successfully repaired with amalgam fillings – a safe, cost-effective and hard-wearing method for restoring a tooth’s shape and functionality.

Amalgam fillings have been used for over 150 years and are made of a combination of metals including silver, tin, copper and mercury. The inclusion of mercury has caused some controversy but numerous scientific studies have dismissed any link between its use and any adverse health effects. Amalgam fillings are also inexpensive, durable and quicker to place than other types of fillings.

However, amalgam fillings are not recommended for pregnant women or suitable for those people who have an allergy to the metals in the amalgam. In these cases, or if you would prefer a less obvious restoration, white fillings can be used.

Treatment steps

  • If necessary, we use a local anaesthetic to numb the area.
  • We remove the decayed part of the tooth and clean the cavity.
  • We place the amalgam inside the tooth and shape this to fit.

Currently, it is increasingly difficult to get appointments at your existing or register with a new dental practice. We fully appreciate how frustrating this can feel and we are working hard to continue to provide you with a quality service.

We are asking that now more than ever, please be considerate of these difficult times and always allow 24 hours to cancel an appointment. Giving us this notice allows the team time to allocate it to someone in need.

Any failed or late cancelled appointments will now have the 'late cancellation fee; applied in full*, your further appointments may be cancelled, treatments discontinued, or registration withdrawn from the practice.

Please expect to wait a minimum of 8 weeks for an alternative appointment date, this will be made after the late cancellation fee has been paid.

Our team and clinicians are here to help as much as they can, please treat them with respect and kindness, we have a zero-tolerance policy.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Hunmanby Dental

*Please note that the failure to appear charge for appointments under 30 minutes is £38

**For treatment appointments greater than 30 minutes, 50% of the treatment amount or £38. Whichever is the greater.