Amalgam fillings are silver or grey in colour and are commonly used in filling back teeth due to their superior strength and longevity. They have been used for over a hundred years and are one of the most commonly used dental fillings in the world. Amalgam fillings contain the controversial material mercury as well as tin, copper and silver.

BUT Did you know there is a change coming in the guidelines for amalgam fillings?

In March 2017 the European Parliament agreed regulations which will eventually lead to the phase down of mercury containing amalgam fillings. This is due to the harsh environmental effects of the Mercury in the environment.

The regulations will start taking effect from 2018.

From 1st of July 2018 dentists will avoid placing amalgam fillings in pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. They will also use alternative fillings in children under 15 except when deemed necessary by the dentist.

Amalgam fillings have not been banned by any means and if you have existing amalgam fillings you do not need to have them replaced with alternative fillings unless they are defective or broken.

Alternatives types of aesthetic fillings are white composites, white porcelain crowns or inlays depending on how big the cavity within your tooth is.

Please contact Dr Chhaya Chauhan if you wish to discuss any dental concerns on [email protected]

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