Amalgam is a silver coloured metal alloy containing mercury and was commonly used to fill cavities in back teeth. While amalgam is a hard-wearing material, it has been in use for many decades and during this time newer and more effective materials have been developed.
Why We Prefer to be Amalgam-Free
Dapto Smile Dental Centre is an amalgam-free practice because modern materials are more effective and will work in harmony with your tooth. If you have a cavity in a tooth, we can often fill it using advanced composite resins. This is a material that bonds strongly with your tooth and unlike amalgam, it doesn’t flex when it comes into contact with hot or cold foods, which is much healthier for your tooth. Composite resin also looks great because it is tooth coloured.
If you do have some amalgam fillings then please do not worry as we can safely remove them when they age and begin to fail. If you would prefer to have them removed before this time, please ask our dentist for advice.