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Amalgam fillings are more commonly known as ‘the silver filling’ because of its silver appearance.


Dental amalgam is a mixture of mercury, silver, tin and copper. These metals mixed together provide a strong, hard and durable filling.

Amalgam fillings have been around for over 150 years.

Amalgam fillings are provided on the NHS for all posterior teeth.


If a white composite filling is preferred by the patient and the dentist is able to place a composite filling it can be done on a private basis.

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