AN EU ban on silver fillings will be the straw that breaks the back of NHS dentistry, industry leaders are warning.
But the British Dental Association said the ban would lead to supply chain problems across the UK.
Amalgam, a mix of metals including toxic mercury, is used in about a third of procedures.
The BDA said alternatives would cost significantly more and would lead to treatments taking longer.
Chairman Eddie Crouch said: “When we are set to lose a key weapon in the treatment of tooth decay, all four UK governments appear asleep at the wheel.
“This will add new costs and uncertainties to practices already on the brink.
“Without decisive action this could be the straw that breaks the back of NHS dentistry.”